Kyle Gill

Kyle Gill
Forest Manager and Research Coordinator

175 University Road
Cloquet, MN 55720
United States

Contact me for help with:
  • Proposing in-field research or teaching at an UMN Experimental Forest property
  • Forest management and recreation questions
  • Research, teaching, and management land-use history of the experimental forests
  • Field tours or presentations about, “What we do at the UMN experimental forests” or “Contemporary forest management”
  • General forest stewardship questions 


Kyle has been the Forest Manager and Research Coordinator for the UMN Experimental Forests properties since 2015. In this role, he seeks to build an active forest management and research program that focuses on forests as complex adaptive systems. His forest stewardship philosophies include:

  • Trusting that the only thing that endures is change
  • The Landscape Triad conceptual framework for balancing multiple objectives
  • Employing forest treatment techniques that mimic evolutionary-scale forest development patterns to promote the capacity for resilience and adaptation to changes in climate and other forms of abiotic, biotic and human-caused uncertainty
  • Recognizing that humans are one part of nature and forest ecosystem communities so need to approach land management with humility and respect to our other community members. 

He earned his M.S. (2014) in Natural Resources Science and Management and B.S. (2007) in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Minnesota. For his M.S. thesis, he investigated forest development, dynamics, and relationship to climate of jack pine-dominated forests (FDc12, FDc23, and FDc24) in Minnesota’s central floristic region. In his free time, he enjoys many outdoor recreational activities, including cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and wilderness exploration, and philosophizing about life’s great and simple questions.