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Acting leadership positions for Six Rivers

EUREKA, Calif. – On May 14, Six Rivers National Forest staff will welcome Elizabeth (Liz) Berger and Stewart (Stew) Richter into temporary forest leadership assignments. Liz will take on the role of acting forest supervisor, while Stew will be acting deputy forest supervisor.

Liz Berger is currently the regional forester’s liaison for the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region, in Sacramento, focusing on large-scale initiatives and partnerships, as well as coordination and collaboration with state legislators, state and federal agencies, and non-government organizations in and around Sacramento. Prior to her current position, she was the assistant water program leader and served in acting roles as the national groundwater program leader and national ecosystem planner at the Forest Service’s headquarters, in Washington, DC. Liz spent the first 15 years of her career in Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management field offices in southern Oregon as a wildlife biologist and hydrologist. Her first position with the Forest Service was as on the Sequoia National Forest when she was a college student. Liz received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Biology and Management from the University of California, Davis, and a Professional Certificate in River Restoration from Portland State University.

Liz and her husband, Henry, live in Sacramento and enjoy the outdoors, traveling, spending time with family, and exploring the arts and culture in their community. According to Liz, “I am really looking forward to serving in this role. Working with the outstanding staff on the forest, the community, and partners is a real honor.”

Stew Richter began his Forest Service career as a seasonal firefighter in his home state of Montana on the Bitterroot National Forest. His first permanent position was as a Shasta Lake Hotshot on the Shasta- Trinity National Forest. Over the next 14 years, he held a number of fire and aviation management positions, and was district ranger for the Shasta-Trinity’s Trinity River Management Unit, out of Weaverville. Stew is currently an assistant director for fire and aviation for the Pacific Southwest Region. His education includes participation in the Technical Fire Management program at Washington Institute.

“I have always cherished the Trinity Alps and the surrounding national forests,” said Stew. “I look forward to working with Liz, the Six Rivers’ team and the surrounding communities.”

Current Forest Supervisor Merv George Jr. will begin his new role as forest supervisor for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon, while current Deputy Forest Supervisor Michael Green will begin a temporary assignment as deputy forest supervisor for the Tahoe National Forest.