Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Bill is located in the Russell County Extension Office, but serves the forestry education needs for all eighteen counties in VCE’s Southwest District. Bill works to assess educational needs, develop and deliver objective, research-based educational programs to homeowners, forest landowners, forest workers, natural resource professionals, Extension Agents and local governments; respond to requests for forestry, urban forestry, and natural resources information; and work cooperatively with the local government and state agencies, assist with economic development, land conservation, and urban-rural interface issues.
Education and Certifications
1995. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Bachelor of Science. Forestry and Wildlife.
2002. Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters
2008. Certified Arborist MA-4909A, International Society of Arboriculture
Before joining Extension in 2005, Bill previously worked in Wytheville for the Virginia Department of Forestry as the Resource Conservation and Development Forester where he developed training and outreach programs for various audiences and developed grant proposals to fund conservation and education projects. Bill began his career as a procurement forester for a hardwood lumber and flooring manufacturing company where he worked in Appalachia, Virginia and in Richwood, West Virginia.
Society of American Foresters
Virginia Forestry Association
National Association of County Agricultural Agents
National FFA Alumni Association Lifetime Member
2008 Southwest District VCE Program Evaluation Award
2007 Southwest District VCE Intra-Disciplinary Program Award
2007 Communications Award-Published Photo & Caption, Virginia Association of County Agricultural Agents
2004 VA Association of RC&D Councils Outstanding RC&D Staff Award
2003 New River Highlands RC&D Distinguished Service Award
1993 American FFA Degree
1991 FFA Eastern Region Diversified Livestock Production Proficiency Award
1990-91 Virginia FFA Association Vice-President