USDA Forest Service
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BLACKWELL TO MOVE TO FOREST
SERVICE PACIFIC SW REGION
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2001 -- U.S. Department of
Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today selected Jack
Blackwell as Pacific Southwest regional forester. A 30-year agency
veteran, Blackwell will oversee 18 national forests, which make
up 20 million acres covering the North Coast, Cascade and Sierra
Nevada ranges and from Big Sur to the Mexican border in the South
The California region offers many challenges given its unique
landscapes and diverse population, said Bosworth. Jack
was my deputy regional forester in the Intermountain Region and
then we were neighboring regional foresters for four years so I
know that his leadership skills and agency experience will help
him to meet those challenges.
Blackwell currently serves as the agencys Intermountain regional
forester managing 14 national forests and one national grassland
in Nevada, Utah, southern Idaho, western Wyoming and some acreage
in Colorado and California. He joined the Ogden, Utah, office in
1994 as deputy regional forester until he was promoted to regional
forester in 1997. Before that, Blackwell did a stint in the national
headquarters for several years. And, he has had assignments in national
forests in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska and Vermont.
"While it will be tough to leave the wonderful employees,
great communities and fantastic natural resources of the Intermountain
Region, I look forward to the many opportunities that await me in
California, said Blackwell. The last seven years have
been a tremendous experience for me and I have a deep admiration
for the people and this land.
Blackwell is a 1970 graduate of the University of Minnesota and
holds a bachelors degree in forest management. He holds membership
in the Society of American Foresters and the American Indian Science
and Engineering Society.
Blackwell will join the California regional office in Vallejo in
December. Jack Troyer, Intermountain deputy regional forester for
resources, will act as regional forester.
I have great confidence in the abilities of Jack Troyer and
Christopher Pyron, the regions deputy regional forester for
administration, to carry on the regions management objectives
without skipping a beat, said Bosworth.
A member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, Blackwell was born and
raised in northern Minnesota. He and his wife, Pat, have one grown
son, Jack, Jr., a park ranger for the State of Alaska. Blackwell
is a pilot and enjoys flying in his own plane.