New Staff Assistant to the Regional Forester Named for Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

Release Date: Nov 30, 2018

Contact: Stephen Baker (503) 808-2690   

Portland, Ore. — Sally Butts has been named as the new Staff Assistant to the Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region.

Ms. Butts is currently the Acting Division Chief for the Bureau of Land Management’s National Conservation Lands where she oversees 34 million acres of specially designated lands, including National Monuments, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic Rivers, and National Scenic and Historic Trails.  Before joining the Bureau of Land Management, Sally worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Washington State and collaborated extensively with Tribes on forest management issues. Previously, she worked as a Wildlife Biologist for the Quinault Indian Nation on the coast of Washington State. She started her career in natural resources with Weyerhaeuser Company in the Pacific Northwest. A native of north-central Idaho, Sally has a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, a Master’s degree in Forestry, and a law degree with emphasis in environmental and Native American law. 

“It is my pleasure to welcome Sally as our new Staff Assistant to the Regional Forester,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Sally has 25 years of on-the-ground and management experience with forestry, wildlife, and other natural resource issues. The Regional Forester team and I are looking forward to the experience and support Sally will bring to her role in helping us collectively advance our priorities.”

Ms. Butts reports to the Regional Office in Portland in late January 2019.  

“The National Forests in the Pacific Northwest Region are second to none,” said Ms. Butts. “I am excited to join the Forest Service team and honored that I will be helping to manage these places that I once explored as a child.” 

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