James Komar holds a bJames Komar, soil scientist, grazing for change, holistic  managementachelor’s degree in Forest Resources Management from the University of

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

northern California.


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.

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