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
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.