Mike Hunter just wants to be outside.
As a forester registered in the state of Georgia, his love for the outdoors led him down a path to become the lands and facilities director at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources.
“That’s the reason I went into the forestry and natural resource field,” Hunter said.
Hunter graduated from Warnell in 1987 and began working in his hometown of Washington, Georgia. But just a few years later, in fall 1995, he was back at UGA and has been at the university since then. As lands and facilities director, Hunter and his staff manage properties that span more than 20,000 acres around the state of Georgia. Teaching, research and outreach are also areas in which Hunter and his staff work.
“It’s everything from timber sales and harvests to prescribed burning, reforestation and site preparation on those properties,” Hunter said. “Some of that’s hands-on with us, and then for others, we handle contractors to perform some of those tasks.”