Forestry

Tree Farm Manager/Staff Forester

Jon S. Andreas

Jon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. In addition, Jon holds an Associates degree in Automotive Technology from North Central Technical College.

Jon is responsible for directing, coordinating, and leading Steigerwaldt Tree Farm’s field operations and manages wholesale and retail Christmas tree sales. His duties also include budget management, performance targets, action plan, data analysis, and marketing for Steigerwaldt Tree Farms. Jon works as the tree farm field operations leader and works with other members of the department to develop and maintain client relationships. He supervises farm projects, processes, and scheduling between in-house departments to maintain efficiencies. He is the lead on maintenance of GIS data for Steigerwaldt lands and Christmas tree inventory. Jon also serves as the lead liaison with our Forestry Department, and directs and evaluates equipment needs and maintenance.

Prior to his current position, Jon was responsible for evaluating, identifying, leading a tree crew, and safely using a chain saw to successfully remove hazard trees from along trail systems to provide safe trails for recreationalists.

In his free time, Jon enjoys mountain biking and camping with his wife and daughters.

jon.andreas@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 347

Staff Forester

Meagan A. Backhaus, CF

Meagan is knowledgeable in sustainable forest management practices, timber sale administration and set up, installing harvest boundaries, and timber inventory processes. She specializes in forest management in the Midwest and Northeast. Meagan assists other departments to preserve and maintain the trademark of ‘Quality work fast with honesty and integrity’.

Meagan earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a certificate in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Prior to her position with Steigerwaldt, Meagan served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years as an Agroforestry Extension Agent in Senegal, West Africa. She is a member of the Society of American Foresters. Meagan operates out of the Tomahawk, Wisconsin office.

In her free time, Meagan enjoys traveling, running, biking, rock climbing, kayaking; really anything that gets her outdoors. She also enjoys trying new things.

meagan.backhaus@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 335

Chief Operations Officer/Real Estate Sales Representative

Josh B. Burling, ACF

Josh serves as the Chief Operations Officer and Hayward Regional Operations Director for Steigerwaldt Land Services, Inc. Josh has worked for Steigerwaldt since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources with a Forest Management Emphasis and a Certificate in Environmental Studies. He is an active member of the Society of American Foresters and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is a cooperating forester with the Wisconsin DNR and is MFL certified and FISTA SFI trained.

Josh specializes in forest operations oversight and execution for large private landowners (TIMO, REIT, and large private non-industrial ownerships). He is experienced in all aspects of Lake States and Appalachian silviculture, third-party certification systems (FSC, SFI, and ATF), timber sale harvest planning, establishment, marketing, contracting, and administration, inventory execution and field oversight, forest road maintenance and improvement, and reforestation planning and contracting. He holds a Wisconsin Real Estate Sales License and assists clients with timberland and recreational real estate acquisitions, dispositions, marketing, contracting, due diligence, recreational lease program oversight, and strategic direction.

In his current role, Josh has oversight of Steigerwaldt’s business operations and execution. He also manages Steigerwaldt’s offices in Hayward, Wisconsin and Negaunee, Michigan where he is responsible for oversight of approximately 275,000 acres of client-owned properties, as well as client and company budget management, client relationships, project management, staffing, procurement, and execution of business directives and expectations.

Josh resides in Hayward, Wisconsin, and enjoys spending time with his family, deer hunting, searching for shed antlers, musky fishing, and coaching youth basketball.

josh.burling@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 203

Real Estate Assistant/Staff Forester

Andrea M. Caron

Andrea earned her Bachelor of Science in Forestry Management at University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in 2003. She continued her education by completing her Master of Science in Community Services at Michigan State University in 2011.

Andrea’s responsibilities at Steigerwaldt include assisting the ROW, Forestry, and Brokerage departments in document preparation, execution, and project procurement. She assists with maintaining in-house database systems to record landowner information and track important dates, file management of all project documentation, and supports the Right-of- Way, Forestry, and Brokerage departments with production and distribution of project information to clients and customers. Andrea also assists in acquisition projects for quality control, assurance, and data organization.

In her free time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and three young boys, canoeing, camping, knitting, and cooking.

andrea.caron@steigerwaldt.com
906.273.0661, ext. 102

Senior Specialist - Forest Management

Adam J. DeBauch

Adam earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point, with an emphasis on Forest Management as well as Forest Administration and Utilization. He also earned a minor degree in Soil Science.

Adam has been with Steigerwaldt Land Services since graduating in 2005. His day to day responsibilities include project level land management for a variety of landowners here in northern Wisconsin. He is proficient at timber sale preparation and administration, management plan preparation, forest inventory, re-forestation, and Best Management Practices implementation.

Throughout his career, Adam has furthered his education and received additional certifications. He is a Certified Managed Forest Law plan writer in Wisconsin, has received Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) Certification through the Forest Industry Safety and Training Alliance (FISTA), and is a certified Karner Blue Butterfly (KBB) surveyor. Adam is also a Wisconsin Cooperating Consulting Forester and a member of the Society of American Foresters. Additional safety certification obtained from the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and FISTA.

Outside of Steigerwaldt, Adam enjoys spending his time outdoors, hunting, traveling, and spending time on the farm in northeast Wisconsin.

adam.debauch@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 330

Project Forester

Mike J. Delegan, ACF

Mike has a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management and Urban Forestry from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. He is a member of the Association of Consulting Foresters (ACF) and an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist. Mike serves on the government relations committee of ACF and has supported the education and conference planning committees in the past.

As a Project Forester, Mike is responsible for all aspects of timber sale setup and administration, accounting, mapping, marketing, contracting, and database management on ownership types across the spectrum from institutional to private and public land bases. He is experienced in all aspects of Lake States, intermountain, and northwest silviculture and land management; carrying extensive experience from consulting roles in regions across the country. Mike enjoys helping all landowners recognize and exceed their management goals and objectives.

Mike resides near Hayward, Wisconsin and enjoys spending time with his family, exploring the gamut of recreational opportunities northern Wisconsin has to offer.

mike.delegan@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 202

Project Forester

Dave L. Dhaseleer, ACF

Now retired from his full-time role as Vice President, Forestry Operations Advisor, David continues to work in a limited capacity as a Senior Forester. With his vast forestry experience and 28-year history with Steigerwaldt, David works closely with select clients on forestland management and advises staff on a wide range of forestry matters.

david.dhaseleer@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274

Staff Forester

Nick T. Eiden

Nick’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt include daily operations in forestry, right-of-way, and brokerage. Nick also plays a role as an appraisal assistant in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Additionally, Nick has participated in timber cruising projects across the country. His duties also include timber surveillance with camera implementation and data processing.

Nick earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management and a certificate in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters. Nick operates out of the Hayward, Wisconsin, and Negaunee, Michigan offices.

In his free time, Nick enjoys any outdoor activity including hiking, hunting, fishing, and camping. When he can, he also enjoys woodworking and trying all kinds of craft beer.

nick.eiden@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 207

Operations Director - Analyst & Technology Solutions

Forrest M. Gibeault, MF, ACF

Forrest serves as our Analysis and Technology Solutions Director 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.

forrest.gibeault@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 317

Project Manager - Forest Analysis

Claire E. Hillmeyer

Claire has been involved in the natural resources industry since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point with a degree in Forestry Ecosystem Restoration and Management. She is responsible for supporting senior staff members with forestry analysis and inventory projects, vacant land appraisal, and project management.

She leads inventory projects both in and out of state with a special focus in quality control and data organization. She has extensive experience in forest and carbon inventories, and project and data management including logistics, plot installation, and client communications. Her forest carbon experience includes implementing detailed inventory protocols, audits, data organization, annual updates, and monitoring services. Claire also has experience drafting written inventory materials, training, North American plant identification, and timber sale setup and administration.

In her free time, Claire enjoys hiking, canoeing the lakes of northern Minnesota, and quilting.

claire.hillmeyer@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 338

Forestry Technician

Austin A. Hopfensperger

Staff Forester

Vince J. Kambitsis

Vince holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from The University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. He is responsible for all aspects of timber sale setup for industrial and private landowners on a variety of cover types and silvicultural prescriptions. He also works on timber sale administration, tract inspections, and timber cruising for corporate clients across the country. Vince’s duties also include monitoring road conditions, overseeing red pine planting operations in the spring, and working on the tree farm during harvest season.

Prior to his current position, Vince was an intern with Compass Land Consultants. His primary duties were marking northern hardwoods on industrial lands in Upper Michigan. Prior to his full-time employment, he was a limited term employee with Steigerwaldt Land Services, with primary duties including carbon inventory in Alaska and Kentucky and inventory for industrial clients in Wisconsin.

In his free time, Vince enjoys spending time outdoors hunting, fishing, and hiking with family and friends.

vince.kambitsis@steigewaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 344

Forest Specialist

Mike D. Love

Mike is a graduate of Vermilion Community College and holds a degree in Natural Resource Technology.

Mike is responsible for overseeing activities on clients’ land bases and ensuring logging, site prep, and reforestations are completed in a safe, effective, and timely manner. His duties include timber marking, boundary line establishment, timber sale administration, harvest planning, reforestation contracting, planting and site prep administration, rail car loading logistics, and timber cruising. He specializes in pine management, harvest planning, and ensuring timber sales are set up and completed in a timely manner for clients. Mike is a member of the Society of American Foresters and a Certified Pesticide Applicator.

In his free time, Mike enjoys spending time with family, hunting, fishing, shed hunting, and getting his kids involved in the outdoors in any way possible.

mike.love@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 208

Operations Director - Forest Management

Joe A. Mattke, ACF

Joe serves as the Regional Operations Director for Steigerwaldt Land Services. Joe has worked for Steigerwaldt since October 2010 and has been a forester in northern Wisconsin since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry with a Forest Management and Urban Forestry Emphasis. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the Association of Consulting Foresters. He is a cooperating forester with the Wisconsin DNR, a certified plan writer, and is FISTA-SFI trained.

Joe specializes in oversight and execution for forest operations for our large private landowners (TIMO, REIT, and large private non-industrial ownerships). He is experienced in all aspects of Lake States silviculture, third-party certification systems (SFI and ATF), timber sale harvest planning, establishment, marketing, contracting, and administration, inventory execution and field oversight, forest road maintenance and improvement, and reforestation planning and contracting.

In his current role, Joe manages foresters in Steigerwaldt’s Tomahawk, Wisconsin, office. He is responsible for operations oversight of approximately 175,000 acres of client-owned properties, as well as client and company budget management, client relationships, project management, staffing, procurement, and execution of business directives and expectations.

joseph.mattke@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 304

Project Forester

Derek B. Schummer

Derek earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management with a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 2012. Prior to enrolling at UWSP Derek enlisted in the US Army from 2005 to 2007. Derek is a member of the Society of American Foresters, a cooperating forester and Certified Plan Writer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, is FISTA–SFI trained, and has earned his FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot license.

Derek’s responsibilities as a Project Forester at Steigerwaldt Land Services include all aspects of timber sale setup and administration on a variety of timber types for a variety of clients including non-industrial private landowners, investment companies, and government agencies. Derek also assists on timber inventory projects nationwide by providing logistical planning as well as performing field work. Derek has also been part of teams that monitored the implementation of forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) in Michigan and Minnesota.

In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and kids. Some of their favorite activities include traveling, biking and fishing.

derek.schummer@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 307

Forest Specialist

Brock J. Tetzlaff, CF

Brock earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 2013 with a minor in wildlife. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, a cooperating forester and Certified Plan Writer for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and is FISTA–SFI certified.

Brock’s responsibilities as a Forest Specialist include all aspects of timber sale setup and administration on a variety of timber types and ownerships. He also oversees planting crews and performs plantation survival surveys. Brock assists on inventory projects nationwide and forestry Best Management Practice (BMP) monitoring projects in Michigan and Minnesota.

In his free time, Brock enjoys spending time with family and friends, hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and relaxing at the cabin.

brock.tetzlaff@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 305

Operations Director - Environmental/Senior Forester

Ben J. Williams

Ben earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management with a minor in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 2005. Throughout his career, Ben has furthered his education and received many certifications including plan writer certifications, SFI certification, pesticide applicator certifications, and advanced training in wetland delineation. He is also a member of the Society of American Foresters and Association of Consulting Foresters.

Ben’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt Land Services include project supervision and land management for a variety of clients including non-industrial private landowners, investment companies, and government agencies. He is proficient at timber sale preparation and administration, management plan preparation, forest inventory, re-forestation, and Best Management Practice implementation. Ben also oversees the Environmental Department at Steigerwaldt, which provides pesticide application, wetland delineation, and environmental monitoring services.

In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time recreating in the Northwoods of Wisconsin with his wife and three children.

ben.williams@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 321