District foresters Janet Eger and Steve Marling with the state champion Cherrybark Oak in Evansville, Ind.
Indiana has over 4.2 million acres of forestland that grow some of the finest hardwoods in the world. District Foresters, employed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' Division of Forestry, are professionally trained to manage forestland for the many resources it can provide. Privately owned forests offer forest products, wildlife habitat, watershed and water quality protection, natural beauty and recreation opportunities. District foresters administer both state and federal programs that provide technical assistance, property tax incentives, and cost-sharing incentives for applying practices that accomplish sustainable management.
A District Forester can help start the management of your forested land by visiting your woods and helping plot the best course of action for meeting your ownership objectives. Many forest owners make management decisions based on limited knowledge. Your District Forester can inform you of your management options and the implications of each option. This will help you make an informed management decision to meet your land use objectives and keep your forest healthy and vigorous.
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Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery
15508 W 700 N
Medaryville, IN 47957
Steve’s career with the Division of Forestry began in 1972 as a Forest Technician before becoming a District Forester in 1974.
Steve has a Bachelor’s degree in forest management from Purdue University and enjoys hiking, traveling and pursuing his long-time interest of railroad steam engines.
Tim began work for the Division of Forestry in 1975 as a CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) Forester at Yellowwood State Forest before moving to Rochester in 1976 to serve as Agricultural Conservation Program Forester. In 1981 he assumed his current duties as District Forester for that area. Through the years Tim has taken on a variety of additional projects including chairmanship of the State Forester Advisory Council and sponsoring 4 Charles Deam award winners in his district.
Tim earned a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Purdue University. His hobbies include wheel-thrown pottery and rockhounding.
Allen’s career with the Division of Forestry began in 1975 as a CETA (Comprehensive Employment Training Act) Forester at Yellowwood State Forest before becoming Agricultural Conservation Program Forester at Greencastle in 1976. In 1978 his responsibilities shifted to the Sawmill Improvement Program. He assumed his current role as District Forester in 1981. In addition to his usual duties, he has worked on out of state wildfires and was chairman of the Division of Forestry’s State Forester Advisory Committee.
Allen graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Forestry. His hobbies include growing Christmas trees and hunting, and he is also an archery instructor for the Putnam County 4-H youth program. He has four children and seven grandchildren.
Jeremiah began his work with the Division of Forestry as a timber technician during the summers of 1999 and 2000, then full-time in 2001 as Assistant Property Manager at Jackson-Washington State Forest. In 2003 he moved to southwestern Indiana to assume his current role as District Forester. He is also a trained meeting facilitator and assists the Division of Reclamation.
Jeremiah graduated from Purdue University with a degree in forestry and a major in wildlife management in 1999. He has completed the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, and enjoys hunting, camping, fishing, baseball, and grafting fruit and nut trees in his free time.
Selmier State Forest
905 E. County Road 350 N.
North Vernon, IN 47265
Rob worked briefly as a Classified Forest re-inspector after college graduation before going to work for the Kentucky Division of Forestry for a couple of years. He returned to Indiana in 1993 to join the Division of Forestry as District Forester. Along with his usual duties, Rob also has wildfire fighting experience and is active in the Historic Hoosier Hills Woodland Committee. He also serves as Property Manager at Selmier State Forest.
Rob graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s in forest management. His hobbies and interests include gardening, hunting and traveling.
14043 Williams Road
Shoals, IN 47581
FAX: (812) 247-2491 (call first)jeger@dnr.IN.gov
Janet joined the Division of Forestry in 1978 and has been a district forester since 1993. Previously, she worked on four state forest properties in southwestern Indiana as a resource forester. In addition to her duties as District Forester, she is also the state’s Big Tree program coordinator, a founding member of the White River RC&D Forestry committee, and a board member for the Indiana Forestry Educational Foundation. A member of the Society of American Foresters since 1978, she was elected a Fellow in 2006. She’s a life member of the American Forestry Association and a member of the Indiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association and the National Arbor Day Foundation.
She earned her B.S. degree in forestry from Purdue University in 1978. Her hobbies include gardening, reading, crocheting, and camping.
Allison Cline, Acting District Forester
Harrison-Crawford State Forest
7240 Old Forest Road SW
Corydon, IN 47112
Abby interned as a Timber Technician at Harrison-Crawford State forest in the summer of 2008. In 2010, she worked as an intermittent employee in districts 2 and 12, and also worked on Continuous Forest Inventory plots on private forestland.
She graduated with a degree in forestry from Purdue in 2009. Her interests include hiking, backpacking, camping, and bird watching.
Carl began employment with the Division of Forestry in 2006 as a Resource Specialist on Ferdinand State Forest, and later that year became Property Program Director. In 2011 he transferred from our Properties section to become a District Forester.
Carl’s educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in forest management and Master’s in biology.
James Dye (acting)
Sugar Ridge F & W Area
2310 E. State Road 364
Winslow, IN 47598
Brad began his career with the Division of Forestry in 1991as a part-time Clerk and Timber Technician. He then worked as a Wildlife Specialist at Salamonie Reservoir for the Division of Reservoirs from 1993 to 1999 before returning to the Division of Forestry as a District Forester. In addition to his usual duties, he has served on numerous committees for the Division, organized wildlife management training, and is active with the Indiana Envirothon Steering Committee.
Brad holds a Bachelor’s degree in wildlife science and a Bachelor’s in forestry, both from Purdue University. He is a Certified Forester through the Society of American Foresters and a Certified Wildlife Biologist through The Wildlife Society. His interests and hobbies include involvement in the Environmental Education Association of Indiana, Lions Club, Scouting, 4-H and many outdoor activities.
Eric’s career with the Division of Forestry began in 2005 working on the emerald ash borer project in northeastern Indiana. He then became District Forester in 2006, first in district 19 before moving to his current position in district 13. In addition to his usual duties, he also maintains his Red Card certification for wildfire duty and regularly assists with prescribed burns. He has also been trained in Project Learning Tree which he uses for educational programs.
Eric earned his Bachelor’s in forestry from Purdue University. In his spare time he enjoys camping, hiking, hunting, fishing, gardening and traveling with his wife and five children.
Zack Smith – (Marion, Morgan, Johnson and Brown counties)
Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St., Rm. W296
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Zach began his career with the Division of Forestry in August of 2000 as a Forest Entomologist and assumed his duties as Forest Programs Coordinator in August of 2006. In addition to his current job duties and continuing some duties as a Forest Entomologist, he also coordinates the division’s State Fair exhibit.
Zach graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry in 1999. His hobbies include camping and fishing.
Donna Rogler – (Hancock and Shelby counties)
Division of Forestry
402 W. Washington St., Rm W296
Indianapolis, IN 46204
While Donna did seasonal work for various divisions of DNR during her college years, she began her full-time employment with the Division of Forestry as Project Learning Tree State Coordinator in 1999. In addition to her role as Project Learning Tree Coordinator, she also coordinates the National FFA Forestry Career Development Event, assists with prescribed fire, and is a Public Information Officer for wildland fire.
Donna received her Bachelor’s degree in forestry from Purdue University in 1979, a Master’s in resource management from State University of New York in 1986, and a Master’s in instructional development from Syracuse University in 1993. Her hobbies and interests include quilting, beading, gardening, hiking and camping.
Jayson began his career with the Division of Forestry in 1995 as Assistant Property Manager at Martin State Forest. He became District Forester in early 1996. In addition to assisting landowners in his district, he also serves on the Classified Forest & Wildlands committee.
Jayson earned his Bachelor's of Science in Forestry from Purdue University in 1992 with emphasis on both forest management and wildlife management, and completed a Masters of Science in Forestry from Purdue in 1994. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and five children.
Gretchen has been with the Division of Forestry since 1998 spending the first 10 years on State Forest Properties as a Resource Specialist, inventorying, marking and administering timber sales. She then transitioned to CFM in 2008 as an assistant District Forester before assuming her current role as District Forester in 2011 serving, Gibson, Warrick, Pike, Posey and Vanderburgh Counties.
Gretchen has a BSF in Forestry from Purdue University with an emphasis in Wildlife Management.
Darrell began his career with the Division of Forestry in 1982 as a Resource Specialist at Morgan Monroe State Forest and Yellowwood State Forest. He has been serving southeastern Indiana as a District Forester since 1996. In addition to his duties as District Forester, he has also been involved in the Forest Health Monitoring program.
Darrell graduated from Purdue University with a degree in forestry in 1981. His hobbies and interests outside of forestry include backpacking, photography and bicycling.
Ralph began working for the Division of Forestry in 1983 as Resource Specialist at Yellowwood State Forest, and assumed his current role as District Forester for Monroe and Owen counties in 1991. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in forestry from Purdue University in 1983.
Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery
15508 W 700 N
Medaryville, IN 47957
James joined the Division of Forestry in 2006 and has been the District 19 Forester since 2007. Prior to that, he was an Assistant District Forester in District 13. In addition to providing forest management assistance to landowners in District 19, James has also worked with the Arrowhead RC&D Forestry Committee and helps coordinate the forestry portion of the National FFA Convention.
He earned his B.S. degree in Forestry from Southern Illinois University. His interests include boating, traveling and canoeing.
Jackson-Washington State Forest
1278 East SR 250
Brownstown, IN 47220
Ben’s career began as a summer intern doing Classified Forest re-inspections in 2001. He then became Assistant Property Manager at Jasper-Pulaski State Nursery later that year. In 2005, he moved to Jackson-Washington State Forest as Resource Specialist, and in 2006 assumed his current position as District Forester. Aside from his principle duties he has trained for wildfire red card certification and has assisted on wildfire suppression assignments in the western U.S., as well as assisting on many prescribed burns on state and federal properties.
Ben graduated from Purdue University in 2001. He enjoys spending free time with his family, playing softball and deer hunting.