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Savannah Burgess, a nature photographer in Jackson, checks her trail camera as part of her mission to document mountain lions. (Photo by Dawn Wilson)
" I started as a fine artist but used
wildlife photography as reference
for my ink drawings. I found I loved
the adventure of tracking wildlife
and always enjoyed being around
animals. " - Savannah Rose Burgess
Forest management
This job varies greatly depending on who
you work for and where.
Wildland firefighter Anthony Schultz
and forester Bryan Anderson, both with the
Wyoming State Forestry Division, exemplify
how different the jobs can be while working
toward the common goal of protecting a
healthy forest.
" I got into forestry by accident, " Schultz
said. " My family did a lot of traveling in the
outdoors when I was a kid, especially in the
national parks. I remember telling my mom
I wanted to work in Yellowstone, but I also
wanted to be a cop. I didn't even know a
forester was a thing. "
Schultz, who is now assistant state
forester/fire management officer, joined a
rural volunteer fire department while he
finished his bachelor's degree in criminology.
When he graduated college, jobs with police
departments in his home state of Kansas
were scarce so he took a job as a wildland
firefighter in Theodore Roosevelt National
Park in North Dakota - and found he really
enjoyed the work.
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" I did seasonal gigs that are common with
wildland firefighters until I was 26 when I
would lose my parents' health insurance
benefits, " Schultz said. " I needed insurance
and something with benefits, so I looked
at managing cooperative fire programs in
North Dakota. I did well and then saw the
administrative job open in Wyoming. "
Schultz oversees 3.8 million acres of
forested state trust land, a program where the
money made from the forest funds Wyoming
schools. He also manages a helicopter, two
airplanes and a few fire engines as well as
interfaces with federal offices on another 27
million forested acres.
Now with a master's degree in emergency
and disaster management, Schultz finds he
has an opportunity to shape the management
direction and make positive changes.
" There are many challenges in this field,
including balancing competing interests
across agency lines and budget cuts, " Schultz
said. " But in the little bit of time I do spend
on the ground with the fire teams I get to
see it all come together. "
Anderson sees his job as district forester

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