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Wildlife Biologist

USDA/US Forest Service
Talladega National Forest, Shoal Creek Ranger District
Heflin, Alabama

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Jonathan Stober is a wildlife biologist on the Shoal Creek Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama in the US Forest Service National Forest System division. Graduate of the University of Georgia and a Master’s degree from the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, Jonathan has 25 years of experience working with the flora and fauna of the southeast and restoration of their native communities. He worked with GA DNR as a private lands biologist then spent 11 years at the J. W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway as a Conservation Biologist developing a site wide land management, prescribed fire, forestry and wildlife monitoring program as well as restoring and managing game, rare, threatened, and endangered species populations. As an opportunistic generalist he has worked with a variety of wildlife from the Bachman’s sparrow, red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, golden eagles, Indiana bats as well as the other obligates of southeastern fire dependent ecosystems. Due to the dominate roll fire plays in habitat management of southeastern communities Jonathan has led the development of ArcGIS tools for fire managers to assess frequency, seasonality, and extent of fire management efforts. The fire frequency tool has since been used around the world and on millions of acres to better account for prescribed fire management efforts. Since 2020 Jonathan is Chair of the NEMW Regional Prescribed Fire Council Coordinating Committee working to help councils and fire managers develop regional assessment and answer the needs of prescribed fire councils in the 20-state region. Currently Jonathan is leading tool development to assess ecosystem condition to prioritize restoration, fire ecology of southeastern bat communities and a PIT tag monitoring system for red-cockaded woodpeckers. When not focused on wildlife he takes opportunities to assist and witness the federal response to wild and prescribed fires. Outside of his professional rolls Jonathan assist in the management of a family farm and is always looking for a good burn day.

Board member since October 2017.

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