Jim Chapin

avatar_blankJim Chapin – Owner
Email jchapin@foresters.net

I was born in the San Fernando Valley of southern California in 1938. My family moved to the San Bernardino Mountain resort area of Crestline-Lake Arrowhead in 1945 where I lived until after graduation from high school. I attended San Bernardino Valley College and University of Idaho where I graduated with a B.S. degree in Forest Management in 1963. I began work with the United States Forest Service (USFS) in 1957 as a seasonal fire fighter and, after receiving my degree, started my professional forester career with the Forest Service on the San Bernardino National Forest. After 17 years with the USFS and many assignments throughout California, I left the Forest Service in 1980 to start a consulting business in Redding which became a partnership in 1981 with Frank Borden. Shasta Land Management Consultants has been a successful resource consulting firm now for 22 years.
I have lived in Redding since 1974 and raised my family here. My wife, Lana, and I have been married since 1991. My three daughters are Kim Parker, Debbie Chapin, and Amy Mancasola. Debbie and Amy live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Kim and her husband Nick live in Redding and operate Cheesecakes Unlimited Cafe. I have one granddaughter, Emylee Parker born in 1997.

My non-business interests are outdoor activities and community service. I have been active in City of Redding and Shasta County Government Commissions and Committees for many years including Planning Commission, Resource Lands Committee, Priorities Committee, and General Plan Task Force. I enjoy hunting, fishing, skiing and hiking.

I have been a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in California since 1973. My primary experience is in environmental planning, timber harvest planning, reforestation, timber appraisal, fire control and fuels management. Specific experience includes:

  • Fire management and recreation management
  • Preparation of management plans and timber harvest plans for private lands
  • Reforestation and rehabilitation of wildfire burns
  • Timber inventory and appraisal of forested properties
  • Environmental planning for development projects on rural lands to meet CEQA and NEPA requirements
  • Wildlife management plans on ranch and timber lands