Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in Forest Soils, with an emphasis on water
quality, from the University of Missouri-Columbia and Texas A&M University.
Jim brings a diverse set of experiences in the natural resources field
from across the U.S., ranging from soil water chemistry research on the Mississippi
coastal plain to wildfire suppression in the deserts of Arizona to resource inventory in
Alaska. Jim began his professional career as a County Soil Scientist in Putnam County,
Missouri, and came to California in 1988 as a Forester with the California Department of
Forestry Soil Vegetation Survey program in Redding, CA. Jim’s 27 years in northern
California have been spent providing soils, wetlands and watershed assistance to private
landholders and those who assist them in managing the beautiful and productive lands of
Jim’s current position as Resource Soil Scientist for northern California permits him to
pursue his passion for soil-building and the management of our lands for healthy soils.
Jim has trained on soil quality and soil health nationally, and a contributor to a NRCS
national technical team building a nation-wide strategy for cataloging soil properties that
affect soil function and soil health.