USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
NAMED TO IMPLEMENT NATIONAL FIRE PLAN; RICK CABLES
TO BECOME ROCKY MOUNTAIN REGIONAL FORESTER
WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2000 --
USDA Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck today announced
that Lyle Laverty has been named to direct the implementation
of the National Fire Plan. The strategic plans were
developed in response to the 2000 fire season and
approved by President Clinton. Laverty led the Forest
Services Multi-Agency Response Team which
developed a strategy, Protecting People and Sustaining
Resources in Fire-Adapted Ecosystems A Cohesive
Strategy, to address catastrophic wildfire threats
in the interior west. The report outlines agency
actions to address problems related to the health
of national forests.
Chief Dombeck in making the announcement said Laverty
is highly qualified for this new position.
Dombeck added, Laverty will be principally
responsible for implementing major activities to
restore the health of national forests by managing
wildland fire. These activities are being funded
by an additional $1.1 billion in Forest Service
funds appropriated from Congress.
In response to the announcement, Laverty stated,
Im honored to take on this assignment
because of the opportunity to influence where the
Forest Service is going. We will coordinate with
the U.S. Department of the Interior and anchor the
funds Congress has given us to do excellent things
on the ground.
Laverty was appointed Regional Forester of the
Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region in 1997. He
was responsible for managing natural resource activities
on more than 22 million acres of national forests
and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South
Dakota and Wyoming.
Rick Cables, Regional Forester of the Alaska Region,
will replace Laverty. Cables, a native of Colorado,
has 24 years of experience in natural resources
management. He has been responsible for managing
over 22 million acres of National Forests in Alaska.
Under his leadership the region has developed a
5-year strategic plan with focus on the communities,
recreation and tourism and organizational effectiveness.
Chief Dombeck announced, Rick is returning
to the Rocky Mountain Region where he knows the
land and the people who use and care for the land.
Ricks background and experience in Alaska
and in Colorado make him ideal for this position.
In accepting the move, Cables said, I am
very excited to be returning to the Rocky Mountain
Region. I will miss the incredible natural resources
and the friendly, self-reliant citizens of Alaska.
Most of all, I will miss the hardest working, most
dedicated Forest Service employees I have had the
privilege to serve with. I will miss Alaska, yet
I am looking forward to the challenges.