ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth on Friday announced that Dennis Bschor will the Alaska regional forester.
The Alaska region includes the nation's largest national forest, the Tongass, which covers much of Southeast.
''Bschor has the necessary leadership skills and sensitivity to a variety of natural resource issues needed for the challenges faced today,'' Bosworth said. ''His background in working with people to create common values in western rural America is a real plus.''
Bschor has been director of the Recreation, Heritage and Wilderness Resources staff in Washington, D.C since 1998.
He is a 29-year veteran of the Forest Service.
Before working in the agency's national headquarters, Bschor was forest supervisor for the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington and a district ranger on two separate forests in Colorado and Wyoming.
The appointment will be his first service in Alaska. Bschor replaces Rick Cables, who left to oversee the Rocky Mountain Region in Denver in January 2001.
Bschor is a native of Illinois and a 1969 graduate of Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He began his Forest Service career in Colorado with assignments on the Rio Grande National Forest, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, Pike and San Isabel National Forests and the White River National Forest.
Bschor will join the Alaska regional office in Juneau this winter.
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