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VRforesters was co-founded by Robert Rogers and Paul Sinrud Johnson. The mission of VRforesters is to foster an informed, scientific approach to forestry and resource management based on sound ecological and social principles.


Paul Sinrud Johnson

Image of Paul S. JohnsonPaul Sinrud Johnson is a retired USDA Forest Service scientist and senior author of the book THE ECOLOGY AND SILVICULTURE OF OAKS. He has also authored many other scientific and technical publications on oak forests. He was born in Wisconsin and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. His career as a forest scientist and writer spans 50 years. He is an advocate of scientifically based forestry/resource management approaches tied to broadly based ecological, social, and economic considerations. He is also an avid photographer who specializes in Midwestern landscapes and forests, and the plants and animals found there. His forthcoming book, VOICES FROM SIOUX RIVER, is scheduled for publication in spring 2012. The book is a photo essay on the trout streams, landscapes, and people of the Chequamegon Region of northwestern Wisconsin where he grew up. He resides with his family in Columbia, Missouri where he pursues his interests in writing and photography.


Robert Rogers

Bob Rogers

Robert Rogers (1941- ) was born in Newark, N.J. and grew up in nearby Union, N.J. He received his BS and MS degrees from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri - Columbia. His career in the forestry profession spans 44 years as consultant, researcher, and university professor specializing in the quantitative aspects of forestry. The author of numerous professional writings and oral presentations he is now Emeritus Professor of Forestry at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

 Bob received the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2003 University Scholar Award, the 2003 College of Natural Resources Scholarship Award and the College of Natural Resources 2005 Outstanding Professional Service Award. He has also been recognized by The International Union of Forestry Research Organizations for his leadership role as project leader/associate leader of the silviculture and improvement of oak project from 1995 to 2005 and by former Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle for his service as a member of the Wisconsin Council on Forestry from 2003 to 2010. Bob is a 45 year member of the Society of American Foresters where he served in several leadership roles.

 Bob currently resides with his wife, Barbara, in Custer, Wisconsin.  Bob's hobbies include woodworking, photography, hunting and fishing.