Ben Harms graduated from the Master of Natural Resource Stewardship program in Fall 2018. He is a Presidential Management Fellowship Finalist for the class of 2020.
Harms sent us a 2021 update about receiving a fellowship as an Applied Fire Special Projects Manager in the Washington Office Fire and Aviation Management Division of the USDA Forest Service.
“I coordinate a national forest restoration program called the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership (JCLRP). This program is a collaboration between the Forest Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). I work closely with NRCS to identify and fund cross-boundary restoration projects throughout the country that seek to reduce the threat of wildfire and improve landscape conditions on both public and private lands. I evaluate project proposals, help make funding decisions, and assist in tracking their accomplishments. Overall, it’s an engaging position that allows me to help improve the character of the nation’s forests while helping to mitigate the effects of wildfires on nearby communities.” – Ben Harms