Spent much of his youth playing in the outdoors; snowboarding and mountain biking in Colorado, skateboarding in California, kayaking in Oregon and traveling throughout the west. Justin has completed field studies in Alaska, Costa Rica, Mexico, Arizona, Washington, California, and Oregon. He received a bachelors degree in Political Ecology, Conservation Biology and Ecopsychology from Prescott College (AZ) and earned an advanced certificate in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Denver.
He first began guiding hikers around the Illinois Valley in 2004 in the aftermath of the massive 2002 Biscuit Fire. Since 2008, Justin has been conducting fish surveys and habitat assessments in remote areas throughout southern Oregon. In his free time, he volunteers clearing trails and developing non-motorized recreation in the Illinois Valley. Justin maintains the largest database of current and historic trails in the area.