This month, we are pleased to feature David Tenney, Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Management and Arizona State Forester.

What was your first position in the field of forestry?

For generations, my family was involved with timber in Arizona’s White Mountains. My first job in the field of forestry was working in my grandfather’s sawmill.

How long have you been in your role?

My appointment to this position started in November of 2018.

What do you enjoy most about being a CWSF member?

I really value opportunities to collaborate and exchange ideas and experience with colleagues, and, while I am new to CWSF, I am really looking forward to the networking opportunities. 

What do you see to be the emerging issues in your state?

We are continuing to push for landscape scale restoration and shared stewardship opportunities. 

What would you do (for a career) if you weren’t doing this?

If I wasn’t the Arizona State Forester, I would most likely be a sports broadcaster on ESPN.