Analytics & Technology Solutions


Jackie M. Bates

As an Forester at Steigerwaldt Land Services, Jackie is responsible for supporting the Analytics and Technology Solutions division through inventory data collection, harvest research, and timber marking. Her duties also include data recording and field observations.

Jackie holds a Bachelor's Degree from Stockton University in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Forest Management.

Prior to her current position, Jackie was an intern through the Stockton University Environmental Internship Program.

In her free time, Jackie enjoys hiking and kayaking.
715.453.3274, ext. 338


Scott A. Crum

Scott Crum serves as Forester at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the ATS division through forest inventory data collection, harvest research, timber marketing, and field observations.

Scott holds a bachelor’s degree from Paul Smith’s College in forestry with an emphasis in ecological forest management and a minor in GIS.

Prior to his current position, Scott worked in arboriculture.

In his free time, Scott enjoys astrophotography, gold prospecting and making tree ring prints.
715.453.3274, ext. 319

Vice President - Analysis, Valuation, and Technology Solutions

Forrest M. Gibeault, MF, ACF

Forrest serves as Vice President of Analysis and Technology Solutions at Steigerwaldt Land Services. In this role, he leads a team that provides a wide range of forest resource and timber industry analysis services to private, industry, and public agency clients. Forrest works in tandem with Steigerwaldt appraisal, real estate, and forest management departments to support consulting efforts. He manages geospatial services at Steigerwaldt, and works to connect clients with GIS solutions that meet their needs, with an eye to enhance and leverage data and processes.

He has extensive experience in designing and implementing varied timber and resource inventories, including detailed data acquisition, analysis, reporting, and modeling using state-of-the art hardware and software applications. He oversees cradle-to-grave services on forest carbon projects including project design, inventory, GIS and analysis, and modeling. With a deep knowledge of Lake States silviculture, particularly northern hardwood management, Forrest specializes in forestland real estate due diligence and investment analysis. He has also worked on analysis, inventory, and modeling assignments on projects located across the country from the northeast through the Adirondacks and Appalachia regions, to the western states, including Alaska.
715.453.3274, ext. 317

GIS Manager

Kate A. Handberg

Kate is responsible for supporting the Analysis, Valuation, and Technology Solutions department through project deadline and accountability tracking, supporting project managers, and assisting with project processes. Her duties also include facilitating project management, strategic planning, GIS staff supervision, and GIS business development.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. Prior to her position with Steigerwaldt, Kate was a climber and plant health care specialist for Savatree, where she performed disease treatments and became proficient in tree pruning and removal processes.

She is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture.

In her free time, Kate enjoys running, hiking, camping, and cooking.
715.699.1401, ext. 205


Bret J. Hilliard

As a Forester with Steigerwaldt, Bret is responsible for forest inventory data collection, carbon cruising, and field data collection and observation. His duties also include inventory data collection, timber marking, stand research and reconnaissance, harvest research, data recording, and field observations.

Bret holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and Soils from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.

Prior to his current position, Bret interned as a Resource Crew Technician at Forest Preserves of Cook County in Illinois. He also has experience in landscaping and lawn care.

In his free time, Bret enjoys fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, target shooting, and running.
715.453.3274, ext. 308

Analytics & Technology Solutions Manager

Chris R. King

Chris serves as the Analytics and Technology Solutions Manager at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is involved in project management, staff oversight, and business development support within the department. He is responsible for client communications, managing his team, supporting data collection, and overseeing technical analysis.

Chris received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Forestry and Resource Management from the University of Tennessee. He worked for the USFS Forest Inventory and Analysis unit before moving to the private industry. He also worked in procurement at a coastal plastic resin manufacturer before moving to serve as Wood Sourcing Manager where he managed a large sourcing operation over seven states.

Chris specializes in managing forestry operations from a technical perspective as well as interpersonally. He is experienced in a variety of inventory and research methods and carries a wide-reaching network of industry professionals. Some of his skillsets include forest data acquisition, GIS solutions, analysis, reporting, communications, team management, budgeting, and strategic planning. His experience has been primarily focused across the 13 most southeastern states in the US, with work relating to both southern Appalachian hardwoods and southern pine species.

Chris enjoys spending time with friends and family in addition to a variety of hobbies including fishing, surfing, jiu jitsu, boxing, and music.
715.453.3274, ext. 336

Inventory Manager

Michael D. Raichel

Mike serves as Inventory Manager at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the Analytics and Technology Solutions division through project management, logistics, research, and communication.

Mike holds a Bachelor's Degree from Paul Smith’s College in Integrative Studies with concentrations in Forestry and Natural Resource Management and minors in GIS and Business. He also holds an Associate’s Degree from Montgomery Community College in Forest Management Technology with certificates in GIS and Outdoor Recreation.

Prior to his current position, Mike was a Consulting Utility Forester with the Davey Resource Group maintaining distribution powerlines. Mike has also worked as a GIS Data Technician for natural gas projects and as a Procurement Forester for a hardwood sawmill.

In his free time, Mike enjoys astronomy, culinary mushroom cultivation, fly fishing and scuba diving.
715-453-3274, ext. 343

Forest Analyst

Maryada Shrestha, PhD

Maryada supports the Analysis and Technology Solutions department data analysis, inventory, data processing, modeling, and forest carbon quantification and research. Additional responsibilities include project management, inventory data review and auditing, and assisting with client communications.

Maryada holds a Master of Science (MS) degree focused on Natural Resource Science and Management from University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and a PhD from the University of Florida, majoring in Forest Resources and Conservation. She specializes in forest management, quantitative silviculture, dendrochronology, and environmental education, with specific skills in database management, statistical analysis, data visualization and QA/QC.

In her free time, Maryada enjoys spending time with her family, visiting new places, and hiking.
715.453.3274, ext. 301

Geospatial Solutions Director

Janet Silbernagel, PhD

Janet serves as the Geospatial Solutions Director at Steigerwaldt Land Services. She is responsible for leading geospatial services into new growth areas and supporting the Analytics and Technology Services division by advancing GIS approaches. She is also responsible for client communications, team management, project deliverables, and the management of department data, systems, and processes. Janet specializes in geodesign, which leverages geospatial solutions throughout landscape planning processes, including stakeholder engagement.

Janet began her career as a landscape architect with the U.S. Forest Service and went on to earn an M.S. and PhD from Michigan Technological University in Landscape Ecology. From there, she spent 25 years as a professor at Washington State University and the University of WI-Madison where she taught GIS, landscape ecology, and regional design courses. In this role, she also led research projects and traveled around the Great Lakes region, Asia, Switzerland, and Washington State.

Most recently, before joining the team at Steigerwaldt, Janet founded and ran a private consulting business for Geodesign.

Outside of work, Janet most enjoys water-based activities, liquid or frozen: swimming, paddling, ice skating, snowboarding, and skiing.
715.453.3274, ext. 335

Division Coordinator

Leland V. Swift

Leland Swift serves as the Division Coordinator at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the Analytics and Technology Solutions division through project tracking and accountability, client communication, and facilitating support between divisions. Leland specializes in GIS modeling and data management.

Leland holds a Bachelor's Degree from Carleton College in Environmental and Technological Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Justice.

Prior to his current position, Leland was an AmeriCorps/4H Special Interest Club Coordinator, and a Data Manager for the Bluebird Recovery Project of MN.

In his free time, Leland enjoys hiking with his dog, trying to train his pet parrot, travelling, and watching rugby.
715.453.3274, ext. 302

Forest Analyst

Fleming A. Talton

Fleming serves as a Forest Analyst at Steigerwaldt Land Services. His primary responsibilities include geospatial analysis, remote sensing analysis, and web service support to forest resource projects including timber valuation, forest carbon quantification, and market research. Fleming facilitates and coordinates communications with clients and stakeholders as well as within the Analysis and Technology Solutions team.

Fleming holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Geography with emphasis in Natural Resources Management from Appalachian State University. Prior to joining Steigerwaldt, he worked for a private timber resources company in precision agriculture and as a Biological Technician with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

Fleming lives in the Appalachian region of North Carolina and loves getting outside whenever possible (especially with his black lab / hound mix Roscoe). He enjoys playing the drums and guitar, vegetable gardening, and cooking.
715.453.3274, ext. 315

GIS Technician

David A. Wenzlick

David is responsible for GIS development out of the Tomahawk office. His duties include developing map and data products for clients, utilizing programs such as ESRI ArcGIS Pro and ESRI ArcMap. David specializes in producing custom map products for clients in a timely fashion. He exemplifies Steigerwaldt’s trademark of ‘Quality work fast, with honesty and integrity.’

Prior to his current position, David worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for 5 seasons. David explored multiple opportunities with the WI DNR and gained experience as a Facilities Maintenance worker at Northern Highland American Legion State Forest; a Parks and Recreation Specialist in the Flambeau River State Forest; and a Fisheries Technician, performing creel survey work on the Pike Lake Chain of lakes in Price County, Wisconsin.

David holds a Bachelors Degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Natural Resource Management from Oregon State University. He also obtained an Associates Degree in GIS from Nicolet Area Technical College.

In his free time, David enjoys spending time in the outdoors hiking, fishing, hunting, and camping.
715.453.3274, ext. 342