Today, in a 4-2 vote, the Oregon Board of Forestry hired Doug Decker as Oregon’s next State Forester and leader of the Department of Forestry. Decker replaces Marvin Brown, who stepped down late last year after the Board cited an ‘erosion of confidence’ in the Department. The Department and Board of Forestry are responsible for oversight and management of over 800,000 acres of state owned forest land and oversee forest practices and fire protection on millions of acres of private, state and federal forests across Oregon.
Voting for Decker were Board Chair John Blackwell, Cal Mukumoto, Sybil Ackerman, and Peter Hayes. Voting for one of the other candidates were Jennifer Phillippi and Gary Springer.
The Sierra Club issued the following statement this afternoon:
Statement of Ivan Maluski, Conservation Director for the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club on the selection of Doug Decker as Oregon’s new State Forester:
“We commend the Board of Forestry for selecting Doug Decker as Oregon’s new State Forester. Our experience working with Mr. Decker has shown him to be open-minded and willing to work with stakeholders in the environmental community on a variety of issues. We are hopeful that under his leadership, the Department of Forestry will work to conserve, protect and enhance valuable fish and wildlife habitat, recreation areas, and natural resources across Oregon’s state-owned forest lands, and will make decisions based on the best-available science. Maintaining and enhancing the ecological health of our forests and salmon streams is a key underpinning of sustainable and balanced forest management, and we look forward to working with Mr. Decker in the coming months and years.”
Here are some additional news clips:
The Oregonian – Doug Decker chosen as Oregon’s state forester
The Associated Press – Oregon names new state forester