In 1979, Program Geneticist Safiya Samman and Center Forester Bill Sery came to Dorena. The Center's program also changed to place greater emphasis on providing materials for the Region's seed orchards and evaluation plantations. In 1981, the seed lot extractory plant was completed, greatly expanding the Center's ability to properly handle many seed lots as well as the ability to thoroughly monitor and process seed. A new greenhouse and office were added in 1982. Ray Steinhoff and Rob Mangold served as Center Geneticists in the mid- and late 1980's. Joe Linn served as center manager from 1987 through July 13, 2003 and oversaw major changes. Joe Linn left Dorena in July 2003 to assume the natural resource/fire staff officer position on the Umpqua N.F. Richard Sniezko was Acting Center Manager from July 2003 to Feb 2005. Carol Morehead started as Center Manager on February 20, 2005.In January 2003, the name of the center was changed to Dorena Genetic Resource Center (DGRC).
The current organizational structure includes: Richard Sniezko (Center Geneticist since 1991; and also acting center manager since July 2003), John Petrick (Silviculturist since 1989), as well as foresters Jude Danielson, Leslie Elliot and Lee Riley. The Dorena center manager and geneticist work with Sheila Martinson (Regional Geneticist since 1990) and Doug Daoust (Regional Forest Health Protection leader) as well as a steering committee (formed in 2002) to set priorities. Additional staff at Dorena includes several biological scientists to assist with data analyses on genetics and resistance projects, foresters, biological technicians, computer specialists, maintenance workers, and an administrative assistant. We receive administrative support through the Umpqua National Forest.
In the early 1990's several new programs were added at Dorena, including the Phytophthora lateralis resistance program for Port-Orford-cedar, containerized seed orchards for western larch, and common garden studies to study genetic variation. The regional tree climbing standards were refined and became national standards. In the 1990's, several new greenhouses and a facility for rooting cuttings of trees, as well as raised beds for common garden studies were added.
Through breeding and development of native tree species to non-native invasive pathogens, seed store management, production of seed for regeneration needs, and training workshops the Dorena Genetic Resource Center provides leadership and significant services in the Pacific Northwest Region's genetic resource and forest health protection programs.[Previous]