New Deputy Regional Forester Announced for Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

Release Date: Apr 3, 2018

Contact: Cheryl Caplan, 503-808-2690

Deputy Regional Forester-Lisa NorthropPortland, Ore. – Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop has been named as the new Deputy Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Lisa Northrop as our new Deputy Regional Forester,” said Jim Peña, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Lisa brings a wealth of leadership experience and technical expertise to help guide our stewardship with partners and communities across the Pacific Northwest.”

Northrop has served as the Forest Supervisor on the Mt. Hood National Forest since 2013. Other leadership roles include Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Mt. Hood National Forest, Forest Staff Officer for Natural Resources Planning on the Angeles National Forest, and Natural Resources Staff Officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs in southern California.

She has worked in local government in California on habitat conservation plans and in Florida with a water management district leading an interdisciplinary team of scientists to protect 450,000 acres of conservation lands. She also brings cross-cultural experience working with a nonprofit to manage a $1.9 million natural resource project in Nicaragua and as a Natural Resource Management Extensionist with the Peace Corps in Guatemala.

Northrop has a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of California at Riverside and a master’s degree in geography from the University of Tennessee. Lisa and her husband have two daughters and enjoy hiking, biking, and reading.

“It’s been an honor serving as the Forest Supervisor on the Mt. Hood National Forest,” Northrop said. “I’ve learned a lot about the Pacific Northwest, the strong connection people have to their public lands, and the importance of partnerships and collaboration. I’m thrilled to continue serving the region in this new role and look forward to applying this learning at a broader scope and scale.”

Northrop is scheduled to start in her new position on April 16.

The Pacific Northwest Region consists of 16 National Forests, 59 District Offices, a National Scenic Area, and a National Grassland comprising 24.7 million acres in Oregon and Washington and employing approximately 3,550 people. To learn more about the USDA Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, please visit

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