Bachelor of Science, Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University, 1957. Master of Science, West Virginia University, 1969. Doctor of Philosophy, University Massachusetts, 1972.
Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Lewis & Clark College, 1994. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Lakehead University, 2001.
His undergraduate education and degree (a Bachelor of Science in wildlife management in 1957) was from Texas Agricultural and Mechanical University. He worked for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for ten years. Then while working as a USFS research biologist at Morgantown, West Virginia, he received an Mississippi in wildlife ecology from West Virginia University.
He headed a Forest Service research unit at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
In 1974 he moved to Louisiana Grande, Oregon working as the chief research wildlife biologist and program leader at the USFS Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory. On December 1, 1993 he was appointed Chief of the United States. Forest Service.
During his time as head of the USFS, the Northwest Forest Plan was adopted. After retiring from the Forest Service, he accepted a position as the Boone and Crockett Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the School of Forestry of the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana.
A position he held until 2006 when he officially retired.
Served to lieutenant United States Air Force, 1957, United States Naval Reserve, 1952-1957. Fellow Society of America Foresters. Member National Academy of Sciences (board agriculture and natural resources 2001-2003), The Wildlife Society (certified, honorary, president 1977-1978, Oregon Chapter award 1980, Arthur Einarsen award 1981, special services award 1984, Aldo Leopold Memorial medal 1991, group achievement award 1990), American Ornithologists Union, American Society Mammalogists, West Virginia University Alumni Association (Distinguished Alumni award 1996), University Massachusetts-Amherst Alumni Association (Distinguished Alumni award 1995), Rocky Mountain Elk Fouind.
(board directors 1997-2003, chairman 2003^), Bear Trust International, Forest Trust (advisory board general accounting office 1999-2003), Lions, Elks.
Married Farrar Margaret Schindler, June 29, 1957 (deceased February 1994). Children: Britt Ward, Scranton Gregory. Married Kathleen Connelly, February 11, 1997.