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Land Surveying

Professional Land Surveyor

John M. Jursa

John works closely with the Senior Project Surveyor, completing necessary fieldwork to provide accurate data for finished products. John is the liaison between clients and the office and effectively communicates what the company is providing in the field, answering any questions, and providing additional information to the client as needed. John’s duties also include locating and/or setting the monumentation and lot lines for the client and staking it in a clear manner so there are no ambiguities in the field. One of his primary duties is collecting the field data efficiently and with the accuracy and precision that is required to provide the highest quality product possible. He also sets the pace as the field crew leader and is responsible for overseeing junior crew members to ensure high quality of work.

John specializes in locating and setting monumentation and all aspects of construction surveying including municipal infrastructure and utilities, curb and gutter, highway construction, transmission/power line construction, and oil and gas exploration. He is also proficient in collecting topographic data at the standards needed for engineering purposes, GIS, ALTA/NSPS, and FEMA Flood Certifications.

John is a member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors and the Northern Lakes Chapter of the WSLS.

Prior to his current position, John was a party chief for two separate engineering and surveying companies in Wisconsin and Colorado over the course of 12 years. His work included all aspects of boundary and construction surveying in New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, and Wisconsin. Prior to joining the surveying profession, he worked for the United States Forest Service for seven years in Colorado and Idaho.

John holds a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation and Resource Management from Indiana University – Bloomington. He has received his Professional License in Land Surveying in July of 2019 and is looking forward to helping expand the Land Surveying Department.

In his free time, John enjoys spending time with his family, building furniture, and exploring with his backpack and canoe.

[email protected]
715.453.3274, ext. 347

Survey Operations Director

Emily K. Pierce

Emily is professional land surveyor licensed by the State of Wisconsin with substantial work experience. She is responsible for assisting with the business management of the land surveying operations. This includes serving as a high-level crew leader, project management, promotion of services, primary contact lead, and meeting all client expectations, while seeing a project through all aspects, start to finish. Her duties also include project research, field work, data analysis, and drafting of all mapping products and land descriptions. She assists with project tracking and direction of administrative staff regarding document preparation and client correspondence. Emily incorporates respect, curiosity, flexibility, and profitability as core values in the work she does, and she delivers quality work fast, with honesty and integrity.

Emily specializes in consulting with clients regarding regulatory issues pertaining to their project and has an extensive knowledge of local ordinances. She works regularly with WDNR, FEMA, county, and town zoning personnel to help guide clients with their project needs. She has an extensive background and experience with subdividing sections, the re-establishment of the US Public Land Survey System corners. She works with project management and coordination to ensure that timelines and expectations are exceeded, and is the lead on quality control within the land surveying department.

Emily served as the President of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors in 2016 and remains an active member on their Board of Directors. She is also in tune with the actions of the National Society of Land Surveyors, serving as a representative of the surveyors of Wisconsin on their Board of Directors. She is also active with the Geospatial Committee and the Ethics and Standards of Practice Committee at the state level, and she chairs the Workforce Development Committee at the national level.

Prior to her current position, Emily served as the County Surveyor for Marathon County, Wisconsin. She served in that capacity for 5 years, and worked for the Conservation, Planning, and Zoning office of Marathon County for 13 years. There she gained the knowledge and experience to navigate local and state ordinances and statutes to help clients meet their goals.

Emily holds an Associates Degree in Science, specializing in Land Surveying from Nicolet College in 2001. She also continued her education and acquired additional certificates as a Certified Survey Technician in 2003. She earned her Professional Land Surveyor’s license in 2005, and she acquired her certification as a Certified Federal Surveyor in 2013.

In her spare time, Emily enjoys coaching volleyball for the local high school and youth club programs. She is active with the youth softball program and loves to watch her two daughters contribute to their sports teams. She and her husband also enjoy traveling and spending time outdoors with their family.

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715.453.3274, ext. 309

Senior Forester/Real Estate Sales Representative

Chris M. Burke

Chris has worked in the forest industry since graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forestry. He previously earned an Associate of Applied Science in Forestry at Vermilion Community College in Ely, Minnesota.

Throughout his career, Chris has been involved in industrial and non-industrial private land management. He currently manages Timberland Investment Management Organization (TIMO) land bases in northern Wisconsin. He earned the role of a real estate salesperson in 2017, where he specializes in vacant land sales.

Outside of Steigerwaldt Land Services, he is a town board supervisor and he is active in the youth wrestling program. In his free time, he and his wife keep busy raising four children on their property near Hayward, Wisconsin. His hobbies include bird hunting with his two labs, fishing with the family, and coaching.

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715.699.1401, ext. 213

Regional Operations Director, Real Estate Sales Representative

Josh B. Burling, ACF

Josh serves as our 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 manages Steigerwaldt’s offices in Hayward, Wisconsin and Negaunee, Michigan. He is responsible for operations 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.

[email protected]
715.699.1401, ext. 203