Forest Service welcomes new Tahoe Basin Deputy Forest Supervisor

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[Image]: Forest Service Shield.SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif., July 7, 2020 – The USDA Forest Service Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) welcomes Matt Jedra as the new Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor. As Deputy, Matt will provide leadership over the next several months while current Deputy Forest Supervisor, Danelle D. Harrison, assumes the Acting Forest Supervisor role. 

“I am pleased to welcome Matt to the Tahoe Basin,” remarked Forest Supervisor Harrison. “His wealth of leadership experience and diverse service background will be a great asset to our basin team. His cooperative approach to resource management and understanding of our need to be interdependent, as success hinges on all of us collectively- is one of many of his core values.”

Matt comes to the LTBMU from the Plumas National Forest, where he serves as the District Ranger on the Beckwourth Ranger District. Prior to becoming District Ranger, he was the Timber Management Officer there for nine years. Additionally, Matt has served as District Ranger on the LaCroix Ranger District for the Superior National Forest; worked in forest ecology and research at Rocky Mountain Research Station in Flagstaff, Arizona; was forester for the Colorado State Forest Service and the Virginia Department of Forestry; and held positions at both Yellowstone and Denali national parks. Matt has a Bachelor of Science in forestry and a master's degree in forestry from Northern Arizona University.

Matt grew up in upstate New York, where he learned an appreciation for outdoor recreation and natural resource management. He currently lives in Quincy, California with his wife and two children and enjoys mountain biking, fishing, and camping in the Sierra’s. Matt also has a passion for managing public lands for future generations to enjoy, and more importantly, caring for the people who serve the land. He looks forward to serving the many users of the LTBMU and meeting and working with all of us.

"I have a deep respect for the land and natural resources of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, for our visitors from around the world, and for the people whose livelihoods and lifestyles depend on this land," said Jedra. "I look forward to connecting with and learning from the communities around Lake Tahoe."


Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor, Matthew Jedra.


The mission of the U.S. Forest Service, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to state and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. Public lands the Forest Service manages contribute more than $13 billion to the economy each year through visitor spending alone. Those same lands provide 20 percent of the nation's clean water supply, a value estimated at $7.2 billion per year. The agency has either a direct or indirect role in stewardship of about 80 percent of the 850 million forested acres within the U.S., of which 100 million acres are urban forests where most Americans live.

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