Michael Snyder was appointed Commissioner of Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation by Gov. Peter Shumlin in December 2010. Prior to that he served for 14 years as Chittenden County Forester, providing land stewardship assistance to private landowners and municipalities. He also taught, for 12 years, two courses in Forestry at the University of Vermont and he continues to write the Woods Whys column for Northern Woodlands Magazine. Previously he worked in forest ecosystem science at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest and in land surveying and forest management in New Hampshire, New Mexico and Sweden. He lives in Stowe and owns and manages a 91-acre forest in the northern Connecticut River valley of Vermont. He received both his Bachelor's and Master of Science degrees in forestry from the University of Vermont.
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