About the Instructors

John Punches

Assoc. Prof, FERM
Extension Forester, NE Oregon
Oregon State University

John has been with OSU Extension Service since 1994, serving as an Extension Forester and in a variety of leadership roles. His work focuses on restoration of eastern Oregon fire-adapted forested landscapes. He has degrees in forestry, wood science, and forest ecosystems/tree physiology, and is keenly interested in fire effects and prescribed fire.

Steve Fitzgerald

Silviculture Specialist and Director of Research Forests
Oregon State University

Steve has worked for OSU Extension since 1984 and has expertise in forest ecology, reforestation, silvicultural systems, prescribed burning, forest growth and yield, fuel reduction methods, harvesting, and density management, in both eastside and westside forests. He holds degrees in Silvics & Forest Resource Management from State University of New York College of Forestry & Environmental Sciences and the University of Idaho.

Daniel Leavell

Statewide Specialist, Wildfire Management and Sciences Oregon State University

Daniel has over 40 years’ experience in fire science/management and forest science/management. Following a wide-ranging career with the US Forest Service he became the Extension Forester in Klamath and Lake Counties in 2014. He transitioned to his role as our fire specialist in 2020. Daniel has degrees in forest management (BS), forest science (MS), and landscape/disturbance/community ecology (PhD).

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