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Laurie Marzolo
DNR Unit Manager
Forest, Mineral, & Fire Management Division
Atlanta, Michigan

My Unit covers about 300,000 acres in the northeastern Lower Peninsula.  As a Unit Manager, every day is different. My tasks include supervising field foresters as they prepare timber sales, examine the forest, and write prescriptions. I oversee a fire and recreation staff in three offices; write event permits, road construction permits, and special use permits. I oversee oil and gas well site permitting; evaluating land exchanges; and working with other DNR divisions to make sure that all of that meets forest certification and is soundly sustainable.

I graduated from MSU with a Bachelors Degree in Forestry in 1980. I spent the next five years raising children, working seasonally for the US Forest Service in Mio, and contracting to do compartment exam for the USFS. In 1985, I became the first "mom" hired as a forester by the DNR. I started as a forest technician, moved to forester, and then spent eight years as the statewide forest inventory specialist for the DNR. In the fall of 2005 I returned to the field in my present position.



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