Zach grew up near Lake City exploring the woods, bluff lands, and rivers of Southeast Minnesota. As a teenager and young adult, his interest in forestry and wood products grew, and he often helped family and friends cut firewood and invasive tree species. During and after his college years Zach spent time working in his uncle’s sawmill and woodshop, and helping with small scale sustainable timber harvests in the Houston-Rushford area, while receiving guidance and training from various local forestry professionals. For the last 6 years, Zach has worked and received training in Oregon and multiple Midwestern states with foresters and chainsaw operators from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, MNDNR, the Nature Conservancy, Conservation Corps MN and others. Currently, Zach works as a Field Coordinator for Conservation Corps Minnesota & Iowa in Rochester, managing and facilitating chainsaw training and natural resource projects for dozens of young adult field crew members each year.
Zach lives in Zumbrota and enjoys spending time and having adventures with his fiancé, Jennie. He also enjoys hunting, fishing, woodworking and construction projects, and generally recreating in the great outdoors.