I retired as the Region 1 Fire Ecologist in the USFS regional office in Missoula, Montana in 2013. I worked in various aspects of forest management over my tree-hugging career, including forest health, silviculture and fire management. In the 1990s, I was excited to lead the team creating the first whitebark pine treatments in conjunction with researchers at the Missoula Fire Lab on the Bitterroot NF. I coordinated with researchers on treatment unit design, wrote prescriptions and oversaw timber sale and non-commercial treatments, helped write burn plans, participated in prescribed burns, and presented results on operational aspects of whitebark pine management at various symposiums and whitebark pine meetings. In the last decade, I was on the Region 1 USFS whitebark pine committee and assisted with creation of Regional management guidelines and policy for whitebark pine, as well as gathered info for the Federal listing investigation process. I love trees and whitebark pine holds a special place in my heart.