About Brian Stout
I experienced the science of forestry growing up with a father that was a professional Forester. After much self- searching, in my second year of college I found my niche in the School of Forestry at the University of Minnesota. Graduating in 1960 I went to work as a forester with the Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. I was privileged to service in 15 different assignments within the Agency, at different locations throughout the United States. In 1965 I accepted a position in the Job Corps Conservation program and spent 4 years working with under-privileged boys in a work- education program. From that point on, I found working with the public interests on the forest management options to be of primary interest. Three later assignments involved working with the legislative process in Washington D.C. and the Regional levels of the Agency. I retired as Forest Supervisor of the 3 1/2 million acre, Bridger - Teton National Forest in northwestern Wyoming. Although I made a major effort to initiate change during my career, my concerns with the science of Forestry continued after retirement. I found a compelling need to express my concerns through this book.