Forestry

Operations Director - Tree Farm

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

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

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

Environmental Assistant/Staff Forester

Kate A. Handberg

Kate’s current job duties at Steigerwaldt include daily operations in forestry, including harvest boundary delineation, timber marking, inventory data gathering, and timber sale administration. She specializes in forest management and tree health and disease treatment.

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.

kate.handberg@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 205

Staff Forester

Austin A. Hopfensperger

As a Staff Forester with Steigerwaldt, Austin is responsible for setting up and administering timber sales, which includes harvest boundary delineation, timber marking and gathering inventory data.

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

During his last year of college, Austin was a Forestry Technician with Steigerwaldt. Prior to working at Steigerwaldt, Austin was a Forestry Technician with Grossman Forestry in Newberry, Michigan and a Forestry Technician for the US Forest Service in Helena, Montana.

In his free time, Austin enjoys most outdoor activities and spending time with family up north, but especially enjoys competing in bass tournaments.

austin.hopfensperger@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 305

Staff Forester

Max J. Kubisiak

As a Staff Forester with Steigerwaldt, Max is responsible for setting up and administering timber sales, which includes harvest boundary delineation, timber marking, and gathering inventory data.

Max attended UW-Madison and earned his degree in Forest Science and graduated in May 2021. He is also of member of the Society of American Foresters.

Prior to this position, Max interned with Steigerwaldt in the summer of 2020 through the Connor Internship. Max also worked at Sand Valley Restoration Trust where he got experience in forestry, as well as creation of public recreation trails. A big part of Max’s life prior to forestry was caddying at Sand Valley Golf Resort, which enabled him to earn the Chick Evans Scholarship.

In his free time, Max enjoys being outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include hunting, fishing, archery, skiing, biking, golf, powersports and so much more.

max.kubisiak@steigerwaldt.com
715.699.1401, ext. 209

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

Vice President - Land and Resource 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

Forester

Evan J. Peepo

Evan serves as a Forester through the UW- Madison Connor Forestry Internship program at Steigerwaldt Land Services. He is responsible for supporting the Forest Operations department through assisting with timber inventories, timber sale administration, and other tasks.

Evan is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Forest Science with an emphasis in Forest Management.

Prior to his current position, Evan was working for the Village of Shorewood Hills Forestry Department.

In his free time, Evan enjoys biking, running, and birdwatching.

evan.peepo@steigerwaldt.com
715-453-3274, ext. 325

Operations Director - Forestry

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 Forestry Operations Director 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

Tree Farm Field Manager

Ryan M. Simmons

Ryan is responsible for directing and leading field operations at Steigerwaldt Tree Farm for Christmas tree production. His duties include directing and managing field staff towards specific goals and deadlines, along with maintaining equipment and relations across the department.

Ryan attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Forest Management and Urban Forestry.

Prior to his current position, Ryan was responsible for safely applying pesticides and pruning techniques to improve urban tree health. He also was a math/science teacher for multiple grades, managing several classrooms throughout a day.

In his free time, Ryan enjoys backpacking and traveling with friends and family.

ryan.simmons@steigerwaldt.com
715.453.3274, ext. 328

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