Chad Casselman

Chad is the Operations Manager at the Native Forest Nursery. Chad holds an M.S. Degree from Virginia Tech in Forest Biology and a B.S. Degree in Forest Management from SUNY ESF. His experience includes managing large scale timber harvesting and procurement operations in the forest products industry and also managing large scale reforestation projects. Chad believes in providing first rate customer service and high quality plants to our customers and in developing relationships with our customers with the same fervor that we use in cultivating our high quality plants.

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Ashley Thurman

Ashley is the newest member to join the nursery team. Serving as the new Nursery Office Manager, she comes to us with a B.A. in Accounting. Her experience includes IT Recruiting, Human Resources Assistant, and Executive Administrative Assistant. Ashley prides herself in her ability to juggle tasks such as coordinating logistics, daily customer service, maintaining office accounting functions, inventory analysis, and most importantly maintaining an overall sunny disposition. She is happy to be able to work in an industry that promotes sustainable forestry for a better future.

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Nolan Burnett

Nolan joined the Native Forest Nursery staff in 2012 and brings valuable experience in the areas of equipment maintenance, inventory control, and computer science. He plays a key role in managing the production of our bareroot seedlings. His dedication to excellence in these areas has proven to be a valuable asset to Native Forest Nursery.

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Ross Hix

Ross has 10 years of experience as an orchardist where he has acquired skills and knowledge in grafting, diagnosis of plant diseases, and what it takes to cultivate healthy plants. He has a passion for the nursery business as evidenced by his ever increasing desire to learn more about his trade. Ross believes in a team environment and believes that a strong team provides a better product and overall experience to our customers.

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Chris Williams

Chris brings over 20 years of reforestation management experience to the Native Forest Nursery staff. His production mindset and his attention to details are invaluable to the successful operation of the nursery. Chris keeps the work moving on schedule and keeps us producing high quality products for our customers.

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John Densmore

John Densmore has been employed at the Native Forest Nursery for over 42 years. His intimate knowledge of all phases of the nursery has made him a pillar of our organization. John keeps us moving, quite literally, with his knowledge of our mobile equipment and his skills to repair and maintain any machine our operations depend on.