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

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

Assistant Project Forester

Dalton R. Bygd

Dalton has a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

As a Staff Forester, Dalton is responsible for timber sale setup, identifying and marking harvest boundaries, and timber sale administration; he is also knowledgeable in utility pole marking and management, as well as scouting and identifying future timber sales. Dalton also has experience in inventory cruising, carbon inventory cruising, and assisting in logistics of carbon projects in a variety of states. He has been on multiple verifications of cruising projects, and assisting in the execution of these verifications.

dalton.bygd@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 212

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

Forestry Technician

Ross HP DeWitt

Ross recently transferred from Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota to UW -Stevens Point where he will be going into his junior year of Urban Forestry and possibly double majoring in Forestry Management.

It is Ross's second summer working with Steigerwaldt Land Services in the Hayward, WI office. His main responsibilities will be supporting the forestry team in any way possible, while continuing to advance his forestry field skills and knowledge.

Ross absolutely loves doing anything outdoors, including fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, and of course walking around in the woods.

As his second summer with Steigerwaldt, Ross is most excited about furthering his work relationships with the team and knowledge of forestry. He is also very excited for a second opportunity to help out as much as possible for this great company.

ross.dewitt@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401

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/Natural Resource Specialist

Heidi M. Eide

Heidi earned her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with minors in Plant Science, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and Sustainability from the University of Wisconsin–Stout. She achieved a National Academic All-American status twice in the discus throw during her collegiate career for the track team.

At Steigerwaldt Land Services, Heidi is responsible for all aspects of administration for the Hayward forestry department. She is proficient in payments; contract processing for clients and contractors; scale and payment entry; bond and letter of credit, insurance, and correspond routing; document preparation and filing; and client/project tracking. Her duties also include timber sale setup, marking harvest boundaries, and timber sale administration; she has forest carbon experience as well. Heidi specializes in water permitting and attention to accounting and forestry details during timber sales.

Prior to her current position, Heidi was a Limnologist for the Center for Limnological Research and Rehabilitation at the University of Wisconsin–Stout where she contributed to multiple published research studies on inland lake health.

In her free time, Heidi enjoys horticulture, fishing, hunting, mushroom foraging, and anything outdoors with her husband and dog.

heidi.eide@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 205

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

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

Forestry Technician

Max J. Kubisiak

Max is a student of UW - Madison and is working towards his degree in Forestry. He is also the president of the UW-Madison Badger Hunting Club. Max received the 2020 David N. Connor Forestry Internship supported by the university and hosted by Steigerwaldt.

Max's primary responsibilities will be supporting the forestry team in any way possible, while learning field skills and practices.

When Max isn't working, you'll find him exploring the northwoods. He thoroughly enjoys all outdoor activities, and is excited that Hayward provides many opportunities to get outside! Some of his favorite activities are hunting, fishing, and archery. You may also find him golfing, snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, biking, downhill skiing, waterskiing, and hiking.

Besides getting to live and work in the northwoods of Wisconsin, one of the things he is most looking forward to with this position is getting hands on experience with what he has been taught in school.

max.kubisiak@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401

Assistant Tree Farm Manager

Erick H. Laspa

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

Staff Forester

Richard A. Rudolf

Richard earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management with a certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) with a forestry emphasis from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters.

Richard’s responsibilities as a Staff Forester include all aspects of timber sale setup on a variety of timber types for large block landowners, as well as private landowners. He assists in the training and development of intern and seasonal employees and is also involved in nationwide inventory projects. Richard is actively involved in the annual harvest and retail sales of Christmas trees.

In his free time, Richard enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends, hunting, fishing, and farming.

richard.rudolf@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 303

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

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