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Trees: Guests (2013)

Brian Jorgenson

City Forester, Boise

Once upon a time, Brian was a computer programmer, having gotten an associates degree in computer operations. After nearly being bored to death for several years, he returned to school in Natural Resource management to find a new path forward.

Brian graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Forest Resources in 1994. That same year, he moved to Boise and began working for the Community Forestry office of the Boise Parks & Recreation Department. He has worked there for a total of nearly 20 years, becoming the City Forester in 2007. Brian is a member of the International Society of Arboriculture and is a Certified Arborist with the same organization.

In his spare time enjoys photography, traveling, reading and enduring the never-ending struggles of home ownership. Brian and his wife Gail have 2 grown children, a dog named Korra and 6 shade trees.

Michelle Youngquist

Educational Coordinator, Idaho Forest Products Commission

Since 1994, Michelle Youngquist has served as Education Coordinator for the Idaho Forest Products Commission and state coordinator for Project Learning Tree.

Michelle earned her M.S. in Natural Resources from The University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Biology and Secondary Education at Augustana College in South Dakota. She has taught 7th-12th grade public school science, taught field science to students of all ages at Keystone Science School in Colorado, and worked as a naturalist at both state and national parks. In addition, Youngquist has designed and led numerous professional development courses for educators.

Michelle and her husband, Darren, enjoy life with their many cats. Youngquist plays her French horn in community groups, and piano and accordion in private.

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