Darrell Zastrow

Darrell ZastrowDeputy Division Administrator, Division of Forestry
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


UW-Stevens Point
B.S., Forest Management, 1982

Research Areas:

Forest Ecology, Hydrology, Entomology


In addition to his coursework at UW Stevens Point, Darrell Zastrow also completed the Program of Advanced Studies in Silviculture and was certified as a Silviculturist in 1993.

He began at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as a field forester working on the Menominee Indian Reservation and in Marathon County on public and private lands. He assisted a wide variety of public, private landowners, and tribal groups in meeting their forest management goals and objective. After being assigned to the central office in Madison, he has taken up a wide variety of job assignments, such as developing guidance and policy for the WDNR on biological diversity, ecosystem management, forest management considerations with respect to endangered resources and rare native communities, sustainable forest management practices relative to certification efforts, and involvement with forestry best management practices for water quality, invasive species concerns, soils, and aesthetics.

Mr. Zastrow's currently serves as the Director of the Office of Forest Sciences. His work has contributed greatly to the development of statewide guidelines for integrating ecological considerations into the management of forest resources. His responsibilities focus on guiding specialists in the Division of Forestry's science-based programs, including Forest Ecology/Silviculture, Hydrology, Pathology, Entomology, Gypsy Moth, Invasive Species, Tree Improvement and Nurseries, and conservation of the Karner Blue Butterfly.