RGS & AWS is happy to announce Jared Elm as the new Wisconsin forest conservation coordinator. For six years, Elm has played a vital role in assisting private landowners in the northwest part of the state as a forest wildlife specialist with RGS & AWS. Based out of Spooner, Elm fulfilled his current partnership role with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), where he helped private landowners assemble the contractors, consultants and state and federal partners for their forest habitat management objectives.
“Being able to assist our partners in finding solutions to ever-changing market conditions, contractor availability, funding and adaptive silviculture is an exciting opportunity. I’m looking forward to continuing forest wildlife conservation delivery with RGS & AWS in this new capacity,” said Elm.
Elm will bring his experience and network of foresters, contractors and agency partners together to help implement the novel stewardship agreement with the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest as well as the Region 9 Stewardship Agreement RGS & AWS signed in late 2023. Through these agreements, Elm will help assess no-bid timber sales with the assistance of consulting foresters. From there, he will help develop unique approaches and provide recommendations to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on how to proceed with management on these no-bid sales. Elm will also add capacity to existing partnerships RGS & AWS has with NRCS and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, fostering new opportunities moving forward.
“I am happy to see Jared step into this new role and help round out our conservation delivery leadership team in the Great Lakes,” said Jon Steigerwaldt, RGS & AWS forest conservation director for the Great Lakes Region. “Jared will now be able to lead our private lands delivery team for Wisconsin, continue to work with the NRCS and private landowners and take on a series of new challenges with the exciting conservation delivery work we’re doing in the state.”
More information can be found on the work Jared will be helping to implement in Wisconsin here: