News Release

Forest Service Announces Regional Forester Leadership Changes

Washington
September 6, 2007 -

U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today two key personnel changes for Regional Forester positions in the Intermountain Region and the Pacific Southwest Region.

Harv Forsgren has been selected to be the new Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region (Region 4). Randy Moore will be the new Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5).

“Both Harv and Randy have demonstrated outstanding leadership managing the many complex issues in the Southwest and the East and are superbly qualified to take on their new challenges in the Intermountain Region and in California,” said Chief Kimbell.

Harv Forsgren has been the Regional Forester in Southwestern Region (Region 3) since July, 2002. Prior to that, he was the Regional Forester in the Pacific Northwest Region (Region 6). Forsgren will now lead the Intermountain Region headquartered in Ogden, Utah. Forsgren, who began his career as a volunteer on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, will replace Jack Troyer who has announced his plans for retirement earlier this year. The Intermountain Region consists of 13 National Forests and one National Grassland located in Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho and western Wyoming.

Randy Moore has been selected to lead the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5), headquartered in Vallejo, Calif. Randy has been the Regional Forester in the Eastern Region (Region 9) since May, 2002. Prior to that, he was the Forest Supervisor on the Mark Twain National Forest. Moore began his career at the North Dakota State Conservationist Office and has a broad range of natural resource management experience. He has recently led Region 9 to successfully complete Forest Plan Revisions within a two-year timeframe, an unprecedented accomplishment.

A reporting date for both selections has not yet been announced.