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Meet the Chief

  • Bill O’Neill is the chief of the Forest Resources Division. He also serves as state forester for Michigan. 
    Bill O'Neill, Forest Resources Division Chief and State Forester

    In his role as chief, O’Neill is focusing on what’s best for the state forest land, and for the industries and people who rely on Michigan’s robust natural resources. He believes that sustainably managing Michigan’s state forest system has always been a collaborative effort and that by continuing to communicate and work together, Michigan’s forests can remain the best of the best for current and future generations.

    O’Neill has held various positions during his nearly 30-year career with the DNR. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry and a master’s degree in forestry with an emphasis on business management from Michigan State University.

    In his free time, he is an avid outdoorsman and serves on many community and professional boards.