Forest employee earns Certification as Silviculturist

  • By Denise Alonzo, Public Affairs Specialist, Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument
Two women stand looking at camera holding a certificate.

Few employees in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service have accomplished the rigorous training necessary to become a Certified Silviculturist. In July, Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Randy Moore had the proud honor of awarding Sequoia National Forest employee, Marianne Emmendorfer, with this valued title. On National Forest System lands, all silvicultural activities that cut, burn, establish, or otherwise modify forest vegetation, must have a silvicultural prescription prepared or reviewed by a certified silviculturist prior to implementing the project or treatment.  

"Thanks to Marianne's efforts, we now have two Certified Silviculturist's working on the Sequoia National Forest and Giant Sequoia National Monument," stated Forest Supervisor Teresa Benson.

The use of prescribed fire and mechanical treatments such as mastication on forest and/or woodlands qualifies as a silvicultural treatment.  

"Our Forest planning efforts depend on these highly skilled individuals to design projects that help us manage our public lands. I want to personally congratulate Marianne for this exceptional accomplishment."