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Franz Names Geissler as State Forester and Supervisor of Wildfire Operations

Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach

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Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.

   “George brings experienced leadership to our efforts to protect 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestland.” Franz said. “And as our new Washington State Forester, George will play a key role with all our communities across Washington.”

Geissler comes to DNR from Oklahoma where he served as the director of forestry services and state forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture where his duties included coordinating the department’s Forest Stewardship program, forest management planning, prescribed fire planning, financial analysis and technical assistance. He previously worked in private forest management and as a wildland firefighter and forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.

Coos Chapter SAF Awards C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarship to two Oregon State University Students

 

Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships.  The two recipients are Corrine Walters and Chad Bebeau.  Corrine Walters is a graduate from Roseburg High School and Chad Bebeau is a graduate from Oakland High School.