Board & Committees

Selected State Forester Peter Daugherty:

News Release
Sept. 7, 2016
Ken Armstrong, Salem,, 503-945-7420
Board of Forestry announces new Oregon State Forester
SALEM – The Oregon Board of Forestry today unanimously selected Peter Daugherty as the next State Forester, concluding a process that began in early May when current State Forester Doug Decker announced plans to retire in October at the end of the current fire season. The Board announced the selection following an executive session to discuss the final two candidates, which also included ODF Forest Grove District Forester Mike Cafferata.
“The Board is excited to announce Peter Daugherty as the Oregon’s new State Forester,” said Board Chair Tom Imeson. “Peter brings a wealth of experience, energy and credibility to this critical position.”
Daugherty currently serves as ODF’s Chief of the Private Forests Division. He takes over as the 13th State Forester since the agency’s creation in 1911.
“I’m looking forward to the privilege of working with the outstanding personnel of this agency, as well as with the dedicated stakeholders and all Oregonians who care about our forest resources,” said Daugherty. “There are many opportunities, as well as challenges facing us as we hold ourselves to a high standard of forest stewardship, and I am committed to our continuous improvement.”
The selection process included interviews with the Board, a public stakeholders group and an internal employee group, as well as meetings with the Governor. The Board sought public input on the recruitment plan and desired attributes in late June.

The Board of Forestry consists of seven citizens nominated by the Governor and confirmed by the Oregon Senate. Responsibilities include appointing the State Forester, setting management direction for state-owned forests, adopting rules governing timber harvest and other practices on private forestland, and promoting sustainable management of Oregon’s 30 million-acre forestland base


How the Selection was made:

Current State Forester, Doug Decker, announced in May his intentions to retire in October, potentially coinciding with the end of Fire Season.  Due to this, the Board of Forestry is now in the process of hiring for a new State Forester.  The first round of selection interviews was held by the Board on Wednesday, August 24th in executive session, to identify the top two candidates. These two finalists will participate in a final round of interviews in a number of interview panels, with a final selection announced  on Wednesday, September 7th.  



Mike Cafferata

Peter Daugherty

Selection Process & Schedule

Tuesday, September 6th

Employee Forum
The finalists will meet with a diverse panel of ODF employees. Key themes and observations from the forum that characterize the finalists’ capabilities will be presented to the Board for consideration the next day.

Stakeholder Forum, 1:30-3:30 pm
The public and stakeholders are invited to join in an open forum to meet the two finalists. Attendees will be able to ask questions and engage with each finalist. Input and observations from this forum will be shared with the Board of Forestry the next day. These forums will be recorded and posted to the Board’s website on this same afternoon.

Audio recording - Process Overview 
Audio recording - Cafferata
Audio recording - Daughtery

Survey Monkey Link (This link is available for survey feedback between 3:30pm-8:00pm, please be aware you can only take the survey ONE time)

Meeting with Governor Brown
Both candidates will meet with the Governor and Board of Forestry Chair Tom Imeson for an informal conversation.

Wednesday, September 7th

Board of Forestry Meeting Agenda

Board of Forestry Executive Session, 8:30 am - 10:30 am
The Board will conduct a second interview with each finalist and consider input collected during the public forum. This executive session is closed to the public.

Board of Forestry Public Session, 10:30-11:00 am
The Board of Forestry will enter into open session to make a selection of Oregon’s next State Forester.