PORTLAND, Ore. June
11, 2013. Simon Kihia has been selected as the new manager of the
Goods, Services, and Values (GSV) research program, the U.S. Forest
Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station announced today.
“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Simon to the Station
Management Team,” said Robert Mangold, acting station director. “He
brings with him skills that not only will move GSV forward, but
will be a great benefit to our station leadership team.”
GSV Program conducts research in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon
that advances understanding of relationships between people and
forest and rangeland ecosystems. As GSV Program Manager, Kihia
will be directing
the work of the program’s 15 researchers and professionals
as they explore five key issues, ranging from communities and forest
management to urban-wildland interactions. He will be based at
the station’s Wenatchee Forestry Sciences Laboratory and
will report for work there on August 25.
Kihia currently is based
in Portland and is leader of the station’s
Data Acquisition Team for Oregon, Washington, and California.
The team is part of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program,
which inventories and monitors forests in Alaska, California,
Washington, and the Pacific Islands.
Prior to joining the station
in 2011, Kihia worked for the Washington State Department of Natural
Resources for 12 years, where he
held various management positions, including several years as
lead. His background includes work as a field forester and head
of a program within the Kenya Forest Department and, then, as
the research and development program of a large multinational
wood products organization and as general manager in a wood processing
complex. Kihia—who holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry
from the University of Nairobi and two master’s degrees,
in wood science and natural resource management, from the University
of Toronto—also was an adjunct professor for several years
I am looking forward to working with these diverse teams of scientists
and, together, advancing the pursuit of scientific knowledge for
which the station is so well known,” Kihia said.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland,
Oregon—generates and communicates scientific knowledge
that helps people make informed choices about natural resources
the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers
located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 390 employees.