Forest Service Interim Chief Announces new Deputy Regional Forester for Alaska Region

Contact(s): Dru Fenster

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Forest Service

Alaska Region

P. O. Box 21628

Juneau, Alaska 99802



Twitter: @AKForestService

For Immediate Release
March 29, 2018

Contact: Dru Fenster
Phone: 907-209-2094 Email:

JUNEAU, Alaska—USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen has announced the appointment of Jerry Ingersoll as the new deputy regional forester for the Forest Service’s Alaska Region. As deputy regional forester, Ingersoll will help oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

“Jerry’s more than 30 years of Forest Service experience specializing in natural resources, collaborative stewardship and timber make him very well qualified for this job,” Christiansen said. “His more than five years spent as the District Ranger for the Jerry Ingersoll sitting outside his office by a tree.Ketchikan-Misty Fjords Ranger District and time working the Alaska desk handling congressional relations make him especially well-suited for the Alaska region, and I am very pleased he is bringing his wide experience to this new role.”

Jerry graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Forestry. After obtaining his masters, he was also a Senior Executive Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Jerry joined the Forest Service as a management analyst at the Pacific Southwest Research in Berkeley. He held numerous positions across the country working in planning, forestry and timber. Most recently, he served as the Forest Supervisor of the Siuslaw National Forest, a coastal temperate rainforest located on the central Oregon Coast for the past eight years. Under his leadership, the Siuslaw has become known for delivering collaborative programs of restoration, recreation and partnerships, and successful second-growth timber sales.

Ingersoll will report to the Alaska Region in mid-April, and looks forward to returning to the region and reconnecting with stakeholders to improve the sustainability of rural communities. Ingersoll replaces Rebecca Nourse, who retires at the end of March after serving as Alaska Deputy Regional Forester for nearly four years.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service 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 the 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.  


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