faces of the forest

Meet Nita Wornom

Nita Wornom says she has 30 years of the best kind of federal service – working with the U.S. Forest Service. For the past 12 years, she has worked as an equal employment specialist working primarily on the human dynamic side of the Forest Service. She helps people understand the agency’s civil rights program and their roles and responsibilities. She currently works in the Pacific Northwest Region’s civil rights office in Portland, Ore.

Meet Belinda Ross

Belinda Ross travelled away from home for the first time at age 19 on a Forest Service work assignment. She watched her mother cry as she headed toward what would become a growth-oriented, challenging, productive and fulfilling career. In this day of job mobility, Ross counts nearly 35 years in the same place as a human resources specialist in Lufkin, Texas, for the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.

Meet Morgan Grove

Morgan Grove is an avid cyclist. He can simply describe his job in 30 seconds.  He can easily make the connection between economic and socio-environmental factors that influence urban living. He is all these things because of his love of the great outdoors and because he’s observed, learned and shared a lot of his scientific expertise during his 17 years with the Forest Service as a research scientist at the Northern Research Station’s field office in Baltimore.

Meet Corree Seward Delabrue

Place is a huge factor in the life of this interpreter on the world’s largest temperate rainforest - the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Born in California, raised in the “country-country” parts of Texas, educated at two colleges in a Midwestern rust belt city and south-central Maine, add in a few years of living and travel in four western states and her Korean heritage and now she wants to be where she can see the ocean or trees and take a short walk and be out in the woods.

Who Says Research Can’t be Fun?

If Morgan Grove had 30 seconds to brief any high-level official, he would simply describe his job as working to make cities better and safer places for people to live.

“Our Forest Service research benefits the public in many ways — including having clean water to drink, safer living environments and recreating outside for healthier lives,” said Grove.