Timothy Evans - Black History Month

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Timothy Malcom Evans in Australia (on the right)

National Black History Month is a time for people to recognize the contributions of African Americans for their heritage and culture. The first celebration of Black History Month took place in 1970 at Kent State University. Six years later, Black History Month was celebrated all across the country when President Gerald Ford celebrated Black History Month during the United States Bicentennial. President Ford urged Americans by telling them to "seize the opportunity to honor the accomplishments of black Americans everywhere throughout our history.”

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Timothy Malcom Evans at the Hayman Fire
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Timothy Malcom Evans' Family

National Black History Month is now recognized every year during the month of February. The Tahoe National Forest would like to recognize Timothy Malcom Evans who works at the Sierraville Ranger District as a Biological Scientist and an incident information officer. Recognizing the achievements of African Americans within the U.S.D.A. Forest Service has an enormous impact on the development and self-respect of African Americans everywhere.

Timothy Malcom Evans was born in Chicago. His father was from Arkansas and moved the family north for a better life. His father worked at a foundry pouring steel outside of Chicago. Timothy said, “My father was a good man. He was my mentor and gave me good advice.” After high school, Timothy attended both Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University, and graduated from Steven’s Point in Wisconsin with a degree in Forest Management and Soil Science. He began his Forest Service career in Region 6 at the town of Randle, Washington.  Further achievements in Region 6 were Timothy’s abilities in representing civil rights for African Americans. 

Timothy’s next assignment took him to the Colville National Forest, where he spent 12 years in a town called Republic working as the District Transportation Forester as a soil scientist. Timothy also spent time as a soil scientist on the Pike San Isabel National Forest in the city of Salida, where he coauthored the first Forest Service – Bureau of Land Management – State of Colorado Off Road Vehicle Plan called, “The Four Mile Travel Plan.”  Timothy said, “Salida, Colorado was a vibrant place to live and was breathtaking!”

Timothy also represented the U.S. Forest Service as a Public Information Officer (PIO) on the west side of the cascades in Darrington, Washington.  “I learned I had the gift of gab,” says Timothy. The next thing I knew, I was sent to Australia as PIO, as one of 108 single resources to assist citizens of Victoria as a fire information officer.  Those folks embraced me for my skillset and willingness to learn, and my journey sent me all over the United States. I traveled to many states as a single resource,

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Timothy Malcom Evans in Australia

traveling to California, North Carolina, as a PIO during Hurricane Florence, and also to Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Alaska, where I saw the northern lights. I spent a long day at Glacial Point in Yosemite as a PIO. The Camp Fire was the most destructive fire I’ve ever worked on as a PIO,” explained Timothy. 

Timothy has worked three details within the past 10 years as the acting District Ranger on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, and as the Assisted Implimentation Team Leader for The Herger-Feinstein Quincy Library Group (HFQLG), and also as the acting Civil Rights Officer on the Plumas National Forest.

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Timothy Malcom Evans

In closing, Timothy commented, "The Forest Service is a great place to work. I've really enjoyed my 27 years working and traveling with the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.

For more about African American History Month, please visit: https://www.africanamericanhistorymonth.gov/

For more information about the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, visit fs.fed.us.

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Timothy Malcom Evans in Washington