Washington State Forester and Policy Director at the Office of the Commissioner of Public Lands, Department of Natural Resources
Aaron Everett is a forester with roots in the concrete jungle. Escaping to the outdoors was special for a kid from the Detroit area. This coupled with a little sense of adventure led him to enroll in Forestry School at Michigan Technological University, located nine hours north at the far reaches of the state’s Upper Peninsula – with a population of 7,300.
Many paths along the forestry profession start with the welcome solitude of cruising around the woods. But Aaron has spent almost his entire career at the intersection of public issues around forestry – policy, politics and people. He is now Washington State Forester and Policy Director at the Department of Natural Resources, a 1,500-employee agency with broad land management, regulatory, geology, and wildfire protection responsibilities across millions of acres.