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Rosey Santerre: “Why I became a state forester in West Virginia”


Rosey Santerre’s favorite workplace is a forested tract of land under a blue sky. As a Pendleton County service forester with the West Virginia Division of Forestry, she balances a mix of outdoor fieldwork including logging inspections, forest fire control and forest management.

Santerre is also one of only two female state foresters in West Virginia, a distinction she shares with Linda Carnell, assistant state forester in education and communication. Female foresters are still relatively rare in state and national forest services. The U.S. Forest Service hired the first female forester, Margaret Stoughton Abell, in 1905.