USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
AS DEPUTY CHIEF, STATE AND PRIVATE FORESTRY
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18, 2000 --
United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Chief Mike Dombeck today announced that Michael
Rains will now head its State and Private Forestry
(S&PF) deputy area. Rains, who reports in early
December, replaces Janice McDougle, who has moved
on to work for Chief Operating Officer Phil Janik.
Im happy to accept the assignment as
deputy chief, Rains said. I am committed
to enhancing and restoring healthy, sustainable
forests in federal, state and private ownership
and to assuring technical and financial support
for landowners and in sustainable economic assistance
through cooperative forestry authorities.
Rains began his Forest Service career 32 years
ago as a wildland firefighter in California. He
has served in various agency positions across the
country: timber management; watershed restoration;
budget planning and development; information systems;
and administration. In addition, he has held leadership
positions in S&PF for the last 12 years; as
director of the Northeastern Area and as associate
In his post as Northeastern Area director, Rains
led state and private forestry operations in 20
states and the District of Columbia, including forest
health management, fire management and economic
assistance, forest stewardship, stewardship incentive
programs, forest legacy, natural resource conservation
education and urban and community forestry.
In the last year, he has turned his energy to wildland
fire again. First, as leader of a team to examine
the cost of catastrophic wildfire and more recently,
as leader of the team that produced the National
Fire Plan in response to President Clintons
request in August.
Connie Motyka, state forester of Vermont and president
of the National Association of State Foresters said,
Michael has years of experience working with
the state foresters in the twenty states of the
northeast and mid-West and the District of Columbia.
We look forward to working with him in his new national
Rains holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry
and a master of science in watershed management
from Humbolt State University and a master in business
administration from Georgia State University.