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The WFC emerged from the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point's Forestry Education and Development Initiative (FEDI). Building upon FEDI's success, the WFC focuses on working with forestry stakeholders to address the needs of Wisconsin's forestry industry through professional development, workforce recruitment and development, applied research, and community outreach.

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.

Our People

WFC Staff


Haley Frater
FEDI Program Manager

Jessica Tomaszewski
UVM Program Manager

Les Werner
WFC Director and Professor of Urban and Community Forestry


Forestry Faculty and Instructors

Laura Anderson McIntyre
Associate Professor fo Forest Recreation


Mike Demchik
Professor of Silviculture


Sophie Demchik
Instructor


Paul Doruska
Professor of Forest Measurements




Rich Hauer
Professor of Urban and Community Forestry


Shuva Gautum
Assistant Professor Forest Products

Holly Petrillo
Professor of Forest Health


Nilesh Timilsina
Associate Professor of Forest Measurement


Melinda Vokoun
Associate Professor of Forest Economics


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