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Forestry Board begins recruitment for a new Oregon state forester
Contact: Rod Nichols, 503-945-7425 office,
503-508-0574 cell, rnichols@odf.state.or.us
 
The Board of Forestry launched a plan Friday to recruit candidates for the position of Oregon state forester, with a goal of having a new state forester in place early next year.
 
The Board adopted the recruitment plan, which includes a nationwide search, at its regular business meeting in Brookings.
 
The new forester will succeed Marvin Brown, who served in the position from 2003 until his resignation last month.
 
Oregon’s state forester carries out the Board’s overarching policies through leadership of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF). The state forester serves as director of the department, which provides services including preventing and fighting wildfires, managing state-owned forests, enforcing natural resource protection laws on private forestlands, advising landowners, and providing urban forestry assistance.
 
The agency has 647 employees and a two-year budget of $303 million.
 
The state forester also assists and represents the board and department in identifying and resolving policy issues and in working with interest groups, the state legislature, and others.
 
"We’re committed to working with our many partners and stakeholders to find the best person available for this position,” board Chair John Blackwell, of Portland, said. “The state forester is a vital advocate for the protection and sustainable management of Oregon’s forests.”
 
The recruitment process includes a survey to collect public input, as well as stakeholder and ODF employee forums with the finalists, and an opportunity for the incoming governor or his representative to meet with the finalists.
 
Nancy Hirsch, chief of ODF’s State Forests Division, has been designated to serve as acting state forester until the position is filled.