Steve is originally from southwest Virginia. He holds degrees from the University of Montana in Wildlife Biology and Botany. He began working for the U.S. Forest Service in 1991 and is currently the Ecologist and Fire Planner for the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests in Virginia. His work focuses on management of threatened, endangered, and sensitive species, disturbance ecology (especially fire history and fire effects), species/habitat relationships, monitoring, fire planning, and the Forest Aviation Program. Steve was on his first fire handcrew in 1974 and during the past 25-years has been active in fire management and is certified as a Wildland Fire Ecologist and Wildland Fire Manager by the Association of Fire Ecology. Steve currently holds a number of fire management qualifications and frequently travels nationwide to help manage wildland fires.