New Methow Valley District Ranger Chris Furr; Brings Forest Restoration Experience and a Keen Interest in Collaborative Forest Management

Chris FurrWenatchee, WA  — “I’m pleased to introduce Chris Furr as our new Methow Valley District Ranger,” said Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest Supervisor Mike Williams. “Chris comes to us from his previous position of Natural Resources Staff Officer for the Carson National Forest in New Mexico, and has prior experience as a District Ranger on the same forest.”

Chris has been with the Forest Service for over 20 years. Early in his career he served as a forester with the Southern Research Station collecting Forest Inventory and Analysis data all over the southeastern US and Puerto Rico. He has also served as a district staff officer in the Southern Region, including on the Sam Houston National Forest near Houston, TX. 

Chris graduated from Mississippi State University with a BS in Forest Management.  Chris grew up in southern Mississippi where his family raised cattle and worked in the logging industry. HIs dad is still active in logging. 

Over his career Chris has been involved in large prescribed fire programs, and earlier in his career supported fire in a variety of positions as part of the “fire militia”. More recently he has worked on several large fires in the southwestern region in the agency administrator role. 

 “I’m excited about the breadth of active programs on the Methow Valley Ranger District, the size of the country, and the active engagement of the communities in this area,” said Furr. “The management emphasis on the Carson National Forest has been increasing the pace and scale of restoration. We have done that primarily through a few outstanding partnerships that I have been lucky to be part of.  So, I’m looking forward to connecting with our collaborative partners here on the Forest,” he added.

 “My wife, Kathryn, and I are very excited to be living in the Methow Valley and to explore the area. We value and love the rural lifestyle, but we also like that this areas has more to offer than can be found in a typical small town,” said Furr. “We love to hike, get out horseback, and camp, and despite my lack of success so far I am determined to master cross country skiing!’’ he added. 

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