Thomas Wyse Forestry provides consulting forestry services for area landowners. The business offers forest management plan writing, timber sale marking, and other forestry services. The staff consists of forester Thomas Wyse, Thomas’ wife, Andrea Haugo, who refers to herself as the Chief Operating Officer (but mostly sticks to her day job of teaching high school science at La Farge) and Paul, the forest technician. Anja, the forestry dog, rounds out the crew.
I feel fortunate to work as a consulting forester. It provides a nice mix of field and office time. I get to observe and work in different forests and see and explore beautiful hidden gems. This job also gives me the chance to interact with and learn from landowners, loggers, and other forestry professionals.
I grew up in Decorah, Iowa, and I enjoyed being in the woods. When I was in high school, I attended a forestry field day with my dad that sparked my interest in forestry as a profession.
After earning a B.S. in Forestry from Michigan Technological University and an M.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University, I started working as a professional forester in 2004 with the Washington DNR. I was a field forester, and my primary job was to establish timber sales for the state.
The Midwest called me home in 2008, and I worked for the Living Forest Cooperative in Ashland, Wisconsin. My wife and I moved to Viroqua in 2012, and I took a job with the Kickapoo Woods Cooperative where I continued to write management plans and mark, advertise, and oversee timber sales for private landowners.
When the Kickapoo Woods Coop dissolved in 2019, Andrea and I started a consulting forestry business. I continue to write plans, perform timber sale work, and help landowners understand and enjoy their woods.
I am a professional member of the Forest Stewards Guild.
Outside of work, I enjoy hand tool woodworking, small boats, making art, and training and hunting with our Cesky Fousek (a wirehaired hunting dog), Anja.