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Bob Atchison

Robert (Bob) L. Atchison, is the Rural Forestry Coordinator with the Kansas Forest Service at Kansas State University, Manhattan.  He serves as assistant State Forester and directs the Rural Forestry and Agroforestry Programs which provide professional forestry services to private landowners.  Bob supervises 11 employees and manages the USDA Forest Service, State & Private, Forest Stewardship Program, that provides comprehensive, long-term planning to private landowners.  He is a liaison to the USDA Forest Service’s Northern Research Station, Forest Inventory and Analysis Program that annually inventories size and condition of Kansas forestland.  Bob is the author of the Kansas Forest Action Plan and is responsible for strategic planning for the agency.  Bob is a successful grant writer which has brought millions of dollars to the agency engaging partners in natural resource issues relevant to the people of Kansas.  Bob is a Fellows with the Society of American Foresters, a recipient of Kansas State University’s President’s Award of Excellence, the National Association of State Forester’s Achievement Award in Forest Resource Management and the Kansas Wildlife Federation 2017 Conservationist of the Year.  Bob is the father of four children, two through adoption and has been married for 36 years.  He is an active member of the Mennonite Church, an advocate of creation care theology and engages in peace and justice issues such as the Israel-Palestine conflict.  He plays old-time fiddle, banjo and Americana music. He has a BS in Forestry from the University of Missouri and is a 2nd generation forester in the state of Kansas.

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