During Frank’s 31-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, he served as a hotshot squad boss, assistant fire management officer, strategic planner, public affairs officer, and command staff officer on national fire teams. Frank has partnered with other foresters, arborists, natural resources and wildfire effects professionals at PFMc since 2007.
Frank’s reputation for assisting law firms in complex fire and fire effects analysis and recommendations for Federal and private tort claims and law suits is growing. Using an integrated team of foresters, range scientists, land appraisers, PhD ecologists and others, Frank and his team provide comprehensive services as expert consultants and witnesses for wildfire including fire effects and reclamation/restoration following large fires. Frank has worked with fire cases in South Dakota, Wyoming and Australia and was recently credited with being the key expert to a successful settlement in a significant federal case following the Moonlight fire in northern California.
Frank writes extensively on wildfire and natural resource issues in peer-reviewed articles in the Journal of Forestry of the Society of American Foresters, for Writers on the Range and other publications about fire and forest management and policy. You will find his weekly opinion editorials and columns every Tuesday in the Rapid City Journal.
Frank earned his Master’s in Public Administration, Natural Resources and the Environmental Policy from Boise State University, and completed three years of graduate study at the University of Idaho in fire science and fire ecology.
In the Media
- Firefighting Aircraft ‘Increasingly Ineffective’ Amid Worsening Wildfires – Los Angles Times – 4/7/2019
- Who Are the Hotshots? A Wildland Firefighting Primer – National Geographic – 7/2/2013