Glen Duysen, Founder Sierra Forest Products, Forester

Index to Interview Questions:

0:59 – Tell us about your background and how you became interested in forestry.

2:12 – Tell us a little about your early career with the Oregon State Board of Forestry and the 1951 Oregon Tillamook Burn.

4:40 – Tell us about the challenges of aerial seeding the Tillamook Burn including pre-seeding surveys in the 1950’s.

8:20 – What prompted you to pursue a career in the private sector?

13:30 – While working at KOGAP, you met your future sawmill partner.  Please tell us about that interaction.

14:56 – Please tell us about the key considerations prompting your departure from KOGAP and a little about your transition to California to build a sawmill in 1966.

21:41 – Tell us about settling into your new life in Terra Bella, CA.

24:57 – What are some of the changes you have seen in the industry over your career?

29:13 – How have current conditions such as drought and the bark beetle infestation impacted your business?

31:43 – How do you see the future of forestry in California?

33:46 – There are far fewer sawmills operating in California. Talk about the impact of this situation.

35:03 – What are your thoughts on climate change and the environment?

36:43 – How has the environmental movement manifested itself in your area over the years?

40:25 – What advice do you have for a young person who is considering forestry or natural resources management as a career?

42:18 – Tell us about the Society of American Foresters and why you have been a member for more than 50 years.

46:03 – Do you have any suggestions how the Society of American Foresters can stay relevant into the future?

48:22 – In a perfect world, what would be your vision of an “ideal” National Forest?

52:38 – You have been involved in the sawmill business a long time. It is also a family business. What makes you most proud?

56:47 – Are you still actively involved in the sawmill operations? What are you doing in your retirement years?

59:05 – What is your perspective on change?