U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today announced the appointment of Corbin Newman as director of forest management.
Newman, currently the National Fire Plan coordinator for the Forest Service, replaces Chuck Myers who was recently named regional forester for the agency’s Southern Region.
“As National Fire Plan coordinator, Corbin has provided outstanding leadership implementing this interagency national effort, including the hazardous fuels reduction component in support of the President’s Healthy Forests Initiative,” said Bosworth. “As the head of forest management, Corbin will continue to play a key role in forest restoration and healthy forest sustainability.”
The overriding objective of the Forest Service’s forest management program is to ensure that the national forests are managed in an ecologically-sustainable manner. It includes guidance, administration, and support of the agency’s forest products management and sales programs.
“I am honored to be selected to lead such a challenging and important program for the agency,” said Newman. “My emphasis will be to continue to restore the resilience and sustainability of our nation’s forested ecosystems that are embodied in the goals of the Healthy Forests Initiative.”
Newman began his career as a college work-study student on the Arapahoe and Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado. He has held numerous positions at all levels of the Forest Service, including assignments as a silviculturist in Colorado, a public affairs officer in South Dakota, a district ranger in Pennsylvania and a forest supervisor in Michigan. Prior to becoming the National Fire Plan coordinator in 2002, he was the budget coordinator for the National Forest System in the Washington Office.
Newman holds a bachelor’s in forest management from Colorado State University. His appointment is effective immediately.