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Experienced forest managers named to lead Forestry divisions
04/10/2008
Contact: Jeff Foreman 503-945-7506 or Kevin Weeks 503-945-7427
 
State Forester Marvin Brown has appointed Jim Paul and Nancy Hirsch, two veterans of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) management team, to new executive leadership posts.
 
The shift in leadership occurred to fill vacancies created by the retirement of ODF Private Forests Chief Ted Lorensen, who is concluding 30 years of service with ODF on June 1.  Paul is replacing Lorensen as chief of the ODF Private Forests Division, and Hirsch is moving up from her deputy chief position in the State Forests Division to replace Paul as chief of that division.

Jim Paul

  Photo of Jim Paul 
Paul, of Salem, has led ODF's Forest Management Division from 2006-2008, overseeing the management of about 780,000 acres of state-owned forestlands during that period.
 
He has worked for ODF since 1996. He previously served as the statewide operations manager for state forests, helped lead the Private Forests Program with policy and interagency coordination, and served as ODF's hydrologist from 1999-2004.
 
The Private Forests Division oversees forest regulation for 10.7 million acres of privately-owned timberlands in Oregon held by large companies or small woodland owners. The division is responsible for administration of the Oregon Forest Practices Act, providing services and assistance to landowners and natural resources policy guidance, including participation in the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.
 
 
 

Nancy Hirsch

Hirsch, a Salem resident and 19-year veteran with ODF, has been the deputy chief of the State Forests Division for the past year. She served two earlier stints as acting deputy chief. Her background also includes responsibility for annual operations planning, information technology management, and business asset management.
 
She also has held field positions around the state, including district forester, regional area assistant and land exchange forester. Hirsch started her career at ODF in 1989 as a forest inmate crew coordinator. In addition to her tenure with the state forests, she has long been involved in the fire program. She currently serves as incident commander on one of the three ODF fire teams, which are called to manage large and complex forest fires. Prior to working with ODF, Hirsch spent four fire seasons with the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
  Photo of Nancy Hirsch
 
State forestlands include lands originally deeded to the state by counties in the 1940s and Common School Forest Lands, which the federal government granted to Oregon at the time of statehood. Both types of lands are actively managed to produce revenue – the county-deeded lands for these counties and the federally granted lands for the statewide Common School Fund.
 
The state-managed forests also provide stands of a range of ages, for native wildlife habitat, and offer recreational and educational opportunities for the public. The State Forests Division is self-funded through timber sale revenue. No tax dollars are used.
 
Hirsch invites interested persons to become involved in state forests, either at the planning level by providing input or with on-the-ground projects as volunteers.

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Note to media:  Electronic versions of larger-sized, print-quality photos of Paul and Hirsch are also available on this site.  If you need photos in a different format for your use, please contact Jeff Foreman (503-945-7506) or Kevin Weeks (503-945-7427)
 
Photo of Jim Paul
Photo of Nancy Hirsch
 
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