Jayson Jacoby
The Baker City Herald

The Wallowa-Whitman National Forest issued the following news release Friday afternoon:

PORTLAND andndash; A longtime research scientist who currently heads the Umatilla

National Forest has been selected as Forest Supervisor

for the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon.

John Laurence, acting Forest Supervisor on the Umatilla, will begin his new job Jan. 14


is an experienced manager, critical thinker, and capable champion of

collaboration and partnerships," said Pacific Northwest Regional


Kent Connaughton. "He has served as the Region's Acting Director of

Resource Planning and Monitoring, which has prepared him well to guide

the Forest Plan Revision process and lead travel management planning on

the Wallowa-Whitman."


63, has served as Acting Supervisor of the Umatilla National Forest

since August. Laurence is filling in for Kevin Martin, who has

been Acting Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor. Martin will return to

his Supervisor's job on the Umatilla.


said Laurence's planning experience has prepared him to work well with

his peers and the workforce in the Blue Mountains of eastern

Oregon. His reputation as a science leader and mature manager of people

precede him, Connaughton said.


began his Forest Service career in 2002 as a research scientist for the

Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland. He had worked

25 years as a research scientist at Cornell University in New York and

three years with the Environmental Protection Agency in Corvallis. He

has managed research projects in eastern Oregon and been responsible for

the Station's research office in La Grande,

OR, the past three years.


long been interested in the application of science to natural resource management and policy, and what better place to do it than with the


Service," Laurence said, adding that he looking forward to the

opportunity to work full-time in eastern Oregon.

Laurence and his wife Nancy, a writer, have three grown children. He enjoys photography and taking long, exploratory walks.