Oregon Dept. of Forestry appoints Lena Tucker as deputy chief for Private Forests Division, effective Jan. 1, 2012

SALEM, Oregon , December 14, 2011 (press release) – Lena Tucker has been selected to serve as deputy chief of the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Private Forests Division.

Tucker, with 17 years of experience with ODF, will oversee daily operations of programs that enforce forest practices regulations and best management practices, coordinate assistance to forest landowners, forest research and monitoring, forest health survey work controlling insect and disease damage on private lands, tree seed research and the Urban Forestry program.

These duties will also include two initiatives directed by the Oregon Legislature -- a project to innovate and re-align the division’s services to make use of current private-sector business models and seek ways to integrate new technology into ODF’s services, and a contract for an audit measuring landowner compliance with Oregon Forest Practices Act requirements.

“Lena brings a wealth of field management experience and knowledge of ODF to the position,” said Peter Daugherty, chief of the Private Forests Division. “I am looking forward to the leadership and vision she will provide for the division as we re-align our services to the public.”

Tucker joined ODF in 1994 as a natural resources specialist for the State Forests Program in Astoria, and also served as Unit Forester for ODF in Grants Pass and as the Assistant to the Eastern Oregon Area Director in Prineville. Since 2004, Tucker has been the ODF District Forester for the South Cascade District based in Springfield. She earned a bachelor of science in forest management from Northern Arizona University.

Tucker begins her new position on January 1, 2012.

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