Mike Lester is the state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service. His work focuses on the protection of Colorado’s forest resources and ensuring forestry education, outreach and technical assistance to private landowners. Lester previously served as the assistant state forester for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry.
Lester holds an MBA from the State University of New York and a master of forestry from Duke University. He is the past president of the Society of American Foresters.