USDA Forest Service
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BSCHOR TO HEAD ALASKA REGION
FOR FOREST SERVICE
WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2001 -- U.S. Department of
Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today appointed Dennis
Bschor as Alaska regional forester. The Alaska region includes the
nations largest national forest--the Tongass.
Bschor has the necessary leadership skills and sensitivity
to a variety of natural resource issues needed for the challenges
faced today, said Bosworth. His background in working
with people to create common values in western rural America is
a real plus.
Bschor is currently director of the Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness
Resources staff, stationed in Washington, D.C. A 29-year veteran
of the Forest Service, he has managerial, technical and leadership
skills. Prior to working in the agencys national headquarters,
Bschor was forest supervisor for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National
Forest (Washington) and a district ranger on two separate forests
in Colorado and Wyoming where he gained valuable experience in grazing,
timber harvesting and recreation issues.
"I am honored to have been selected by Chief Dale Bosworth
as regional forester for one of the most spectacular, exciting and
challenging regions of the Forest Service, said Bschor. I've
waited an entire career to have a chance to experience Alaska and
look forward to learning more about the people, Alaska's natural
resources and grandeur, its unique lifestyle and diverse communities."
Bschor is a native of Illinois and a 1969 graduate of Iowa State
University in Ames, Iowa. He began his Forest Service career in
Colorado with assignments on the Rio Grande National Forest, Grand
Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Pike and San Isabel
National Forests and the White River National Forest. Bschor has
been director of the Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources
staff since December 1998.
Bschor will join the Alaska regional office in Juneau this winter.