New Forest Supervisor Named for Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

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Merv George, Jr.Portland, Ore.—April 12— The Pacific Northwest Region’s top Forester, Jim Peña, announced the selection of Merv George, Jr., as the new Forest Supervisor on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, effective May 13. George currently serves as the Forest Supervisor on the Six Rivers National Forest in the Pacific Southwest Region.

“It is my pleasure to announce the selection of Merv George as the new Forest Supervisor,” said Peña. “His skills and background serve as an outstanding complement to the needs and current direction of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Merv’s experience building and nurturing relationships, especially tribal relationships, are well matched to the forest as well as its community and partners and I am confident he will do an outstanding job.”

George has served as the Forest Supervisor on the Six Rivers National Forest in Eureka, California, since 2014. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Forest Supervisor also on the Six Rivers Forest starting in 2011.

“I’m really looking forward to joining the team on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest,” said George. “I’ve spent many years recreating on the Rogue River and look forward to meeting and working with the communities on and near the forest.”

George succeeds Forest Supervisor Rob MacWhorter who served in the role since 2012 and retired last January.

Merv is coming in with 25 years of natural resource management experience. He has a bachelor’s degree in Native American Studies from Humboldt State University (1997). He joined the U.S. Forest Service in 2008 as the Regional Tribal Relations Program Manager for the Pacific Southwest Region. In this position, he worked with all 18 national forests and Indian tribes in California. George has also served as acting Forest Supervisor on both the Los Padres National Forest (2017) and the Lassen National Forest (2014).

Prior to joining the Forest Service, Merv spent 15 years in tribal government positions. He spent four years on the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and a term as the Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairman. He also served as the executive director for California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council and Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish and Water Commission.

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 .