Graduating from University of Missouri with a degree in Forestry, I started my career with Missouri Department of Conservation in 1980. I had 32 years with MDC and then 8 more years with Chloeta (Resource Management in Oklahoma), teaching Forestry at Missouri State University, and a Wildland Fire Fighter/Safety Officer. My career took me to the Forests of Southern Missouri and then to every state west of Missouri. My 40 years of monthly activity reports kept the memories alive and with those reports came this book of a very successful, colorful career. I wanted to share with everyone this rewarding privilege I have had to manage and protect God’s creation.