After exploring the woods for his whole life and 10 years doing on-the-ground research on ecologically beneficial forest stewardship in western North Carolina, Andy has been the EcoForestry Director since EcoForesters’ inception in 2015. Putting to use the best science on southern Appalachian forest stewardship – which he was part of at the US Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Asheville for 6 years – is his passion. Andy works to advance the practice of forestry from his experience with cutting edge upland hardwood silviculture (how to grow trees, oaks in particular) at the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, and integrated forest health management to conserve, restore, and enhance our forests. Andy has also managed a private forest and worked on numerous natural resource conservation projects in the region since 2005. Previously, Andy taught high school and led youth backpacking trips, hiked half the Appalachian Trail, and bicycled around the country before moving to Asheville with his wife (who is from the area) to follow his true calling: forestry. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, biking, gardening, and spending as much time as possible with his wife and two little boys. Andy oversees all of EcoForesters’ Southern Appalachian forestry projects, including forest stewardship planning and timber sale administration.