Ben received a Bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1996 and a Master’s in Forestry from University of Vermont in 2003. Prior to joining Redstart Forestry in 2002, Ben was employed as a firefighter – smokejumper with the USDA Forest Service in Redmond Oregon. Ben was a 1996 Watson Fellowship recipient, a 2002 Leopold Schepp Scholar, a 2003 Snelling Center for Government Fellow, and was presented with the 2007 Mollie Beattie Young Forester Leadership Award. Redstart manages over 70,000 acres in east central Vermont taking an integrated approach that includes ecological restoration, land conservation, invasive plant assessment and control, stream geomorphic assessment and river protection. Redstart has been FSC-certified since 2006, and as the consulting forester for the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, has additional experience with their stand-alone FSC certificate.