Growing up in North Georgia, Jim Kidd was no stranger to forests and spent a considerable amount of his time hunting, fishing, and exploring. After graduating with a degree in forest resources from the University of Georgia in 1972, Mr. Kidd worked first with a private forestry company before being hired by the Forest Service. Mr. Kidd has a tremendous amount of respect for the men who first created the national forests, and so working for the Forest Service was a great reward for him. Mr. Kidd spent time working in Arkansas and Georgia, where he specialized in timber and land management. Now retired, Mr. Kidd continues to serve as a consultant in Northern Georgia for timber land management, appraisal, and sale.