Water Quality Forester
Andy Klein works as the Water Quality Forester for Kansas Forest Service. He provides professional forestry education and technical assistance to private landowners and cooperating natural resource agencies in Kansas with geographic emphasis on those watersheds (mostly eastern and central Kansas) deemed high priority by the Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategy (WRAPS) State Committee.
He was born and raised on a small farm in central Minnesota, where he roamed the woodlands, wetlands, and grasslands developing his love for the great outdoors. Andy graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2005. Before taking on his current role with Kansas Forest Service, he worked as a wildland firefighter with the Alpine Interagency Hotshot Crew based out of Rocky Mountain National Park, as a Fire Protection Specialist for Kansas Forest Service, and as a soil conservation technician for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Conservation Districts in Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, Riley, and Geary Counties.
Outside of work, Andy spends as much time as he can with his three young children and wife, fishing, cycling, hunting, paddling, and gardening.
1320 Research Dr.
Manhattan, KS 66506