Frank Maus, forest manager at Lubrecht, was awarded the Missoula chapter of the Society of American Foresters Field Forester Award earlier this month. Congratulations Frank!
The award recognizes foresters who have dedicated their professional careers to the application of forestry on the ground using sound, scientific methods and adaptive mangaement strategies.
Frank's work over the last couple of decades has demanded that he balance sound forest management and income generation, with the conduct of scientific research and the application of adaptive management on the property that he manages.
Frank has been involved with the management of the Lubrecht Experimental Forest for over thirty years, through many changes in forest management, and all the while balancing the forest's multiple objectives of management, research, education, and demonstration.
Frank is originally from Westwood, Massachusetts, where he attended a high school with a specific agricultural focus. After initiating his first couple of years of college at the University of Maine, Frank moved west to Missoula and enrolled in the School of Forestry at University of Montana, where he graduated in the class of 1981. Frank was engaged in club activities and started working for Hank Goetz at the Lubrecht Experimental Forest soon after arriving. Frank was offered the forester/assistant manager job under Hank shortly after he graduated, and became Lubrecht property manager overseeing forestry and all other operations upon Hank’s retirement.
From the initial years at Lubrecht, Frank has been involved in implementing and monitoring forest research projects, along with his duties as a field forester. Over the years, Frank has worked with many scientists in facilitating continuing forest research, everything from spacing studies, and prescribed burns, to wildlife habitat research and forensic studies of rotting wild animals. He has subsequently been involved in adapting research findings to on the ground management and to sharing finding through various venues such as recent meetings of the council on forest engineering and hosting resource managers from other experimental forests around the country. Frank efforts have him working with many different partners from around the region, with whom he has developed many productive relationships.
Frank lives in Missoula with his wife Deb. They have three young adult children, who were raised for the most part at Lubrecht in Greenough. Frank has enjoyed many years on the ski patrol at Snowbowl, and has many other hobbies, including horses and horse packing.