Oregon Dept. of Forestry names Liz Dent chief of State Forests Division; before joining ODF in 1995, Dent worked on habitat and water quality projects at the US Forest Service

SALEM, Oregon , April 4, 2014 (press release) – The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) named Liz Dent as chief of its State Forests Division this week.

Dent, who had been the division’s deputy chief since May 2012, succeeds Mike Bordelon who retired after 28 years with ODF.

Dent, of Corvallis, received a Bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University and a Masters degree in forest hydrology from Oregon State University. After graduating from Oregon State, she worked on fish habitat and water quality projects for the U.S. Forest Service, and has been with ODF since 1995, working in a variety of nationally recognized water quality and monitoring leadership roles.

“The State Forests Division has a full plate in the coming years with challenges to address, and opportunities to build upon. I am honored to be the State Forests Division chief, with the opportunity to help lead the division towards successful outcomes,” Dent said.

“We are fortunate to have a wide range of stakeholders engaged, all with diverse perspectives on state forest management,” she added. “This proves an exciting time for change, and fortunately ODF is resilient and well-versed in embracing changing times. Those out in the field, and those in Salem are exceptionally good at what they do, and that makes me proud to be part of this organization.”

The division is responsible for managing nearly 850,000 acres of state-owned forestland, ensuring these lands produce a broad range of benefits including timber, revenue to help support local public services, protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational opportunities for Oregonians. ODF-managed lands are mostly concentrated in six state forests in western and central Oregon, and account for about three percent of the state’s forestland base.

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