Payette National Forest Welcomes New Forest Supervisor

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Payette National Forest Welcomes New Forest Supervisor

McCall, ID, December 3, 2019 – U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Nora Rasure has announced the selection of Linda Jackson as the new Forest Supervisor of the Payette National Forest.  Jackson replaces Keith Lannom, who accepted a position in the Northern Rockies Region in Missoula as a Deputy Regional Forester in August.

In welcoming Linda to the Payette, Rasure said, “We are excited to welcome Linda to our team as her vast experience and knowledge will serve the Forest and community well.”  Jackson reports to the Payette on January 19, 2020.

Jackson comes to the Payette from her previous position as Forest Supervisor on the Ottawa National Forest in northwestern Michigan.  She has also served as a District Ranger in Arizona, Utah and Nevada, the Acting Forest Supervisor of the Alleghany National Forest, and the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.  Jackson began her Forest Service career in Utah in 1993 working in public affairs and National Environmental Policy Act compliance.

“I am excited to be coming to the Payette and for being given the opportunity to serve as the Forest Supervisor,” said Jackson.  “I look forward to getting to know and working with the employees, the local communities, and valued partners of the Forest.”

Jackson received bachelor degrees in natural science and geology from Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  She worked for several years as a coal mining geologist in Oregon and Wyoming.

She was born and raised in Portland, Oregon.  Linda and her husband Mike Leonard have five children and three grandsons.  Linda has a son in Kamiah, and a daughter in northern California; and her husband, a former Forest Service employee, has daughters in Spokane and Portland, and a son in Flagstaff.  Both of their sons also work for the Forest Service.

In the interim prior to Jackson reporting to the Payette, Tawnya Brummett and Belle Craig will continue to serve in leadership roles on the Forest, and Jenni Blake who is assigned to the McCall Ranger District will assist as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor.


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