New Deputy Regional Forester Selected for Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region

Portland, Ore. – Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Gina Owens has been named as the new Deputy Regional Forester for the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Region.

“I’m pleased to welcome Gina Owens as our new Deputy Regional Forester,” said Glenn Casamassa, Pacific Northwest Regional Forester. “Gina brings sound leadership, years of valuable experience, and a strong embrace of our agency’s core values. Her addition to the Regional Forester Team will help us advance our program of work through shared stewardship with partners, stakeholders, and local communities across the Pacific Northwest.”

Owens has served as the Forest Supervisor on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest since 2015. Previously, she was the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Umpqua National Forest. She has held various leadership and staff positions in the Pacific Northwest, Northern, and Northeast Regions of the Forest Service, as well as the national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Her background includes assignments managing recreation areas, forest planning, and legislative affairs, as well as a recent detail as the Acting Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System. She has a degree in wildland recreation management from Washington State University.

“Throughout my career, I’ve been incredibly fortunate to work alongside devoted Forest Service employees, partners, and stakeholders to serve local communities and care for our public lands,” said Owens. “I’m passionate about working collaboratively with others to tackle challenges and address local needs so we can better deliver on our agency’s mission. I’m honored and excited to continue this work at a regional scale.”

Owens is scheduled to start in her new position in early September.

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 U.S. Forest Service in the Pacific Northwest, please visit

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