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Our Mission

The mission of UW-Stevens Point's Wisconsin Forestry Center is to promote vibrant, sustainable forests and forest-based economies through:

  • coordinating, creating, and disseminating professional training, certificate, and credentialing programs,
  • devising and implementing novel approaches to workforce recruitment and development,
  • conducting stakeholder-directed applied research, and
  • partnering with the professional forestry community to develop and administer public outreach.

WFC Staff

​​We can be reached at or see our staff directory below.

Les Werner
Professor of Urban and Community Forestry

Bethany Slembarski
Administrative Assistant

Megan Espe
Associate Director​

Susan Barrett
Outreach Specialist

Jared Schroeder
High School Program Manager

Keith Turnquist
Workforce Development Program Manager

Zoe Kaminsky
Research Assistant

Forestry Faculty and Instructors

​The WFC works closely with faculty and instructors in the forestry discipline in the College of Natural Resources at UW-Stevens Point.

Laura Anderson McIntyre
Associate Professor of Forest Recreation

Mike Demchik
Professor of Silviculture

Sophie Demchik

Paul Doruska
Professor of Forest Measurements

Melinda Vokoun
Associate Professor of Forest Economics
Michael Tiller
Associate Professor of Forest and 
Fire Management

Holly Petrillo
Professor of Forest Health

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