Acting Forest Supervisor takes helm on Umatilla National Forest

Contact(s): Darcy Weseman, (541) 278-3722

PENDLETON, Ore. - The Umatilla National Forest is pleased to welcome Slater Turner as the Acting Forest Supervisor. Turner is filling in behind Forest Supervisor Genevieve Masters, who accepted a new position this winter on the Prescott National Forest in Prescott, Arizona, due to family medical issues. Following her departure, Whitman District Ranger Jeff Tomac of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest filled in as Acting Forest Supervisor until Turner’s arrival. The Forest Supervisor position is anticipated to be hired permanently within the next two months.

Turner brings a wealth of experience to the Umatilla National Forest. He comes to the Umatilla from the Ochoco National Forest, where he currently serves as District Ranger on the Look Out Mountain Ranger District and Crooked River National Grassland. He has served as District Ranger for more than 10 years. Prior to this position, Turner worked as the Natural Resources Team Leader at the Crescent Ranger District on the Deschutes National Forest. In 2006, Turner filled in as Acting District Ranger on the Walla Walla Ranger District of the Umatilla National Forest. Prior to that he served as Acting District Ranger on the Crescent Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. Turner also worked as the Assistant Forest Products Manager on the Deschutes National Forest and as a Pre-Sale Forester at Sisters Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. Turner started his career with the Forest Service in 1989 in timber management on the Detroit Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science in Forest Products Management from Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University.

“I am honored to be asked to serve as Acting Forest Supervisor on the Umatilla National Forest until the position is filled,” said Turner. “I look forward to getting to know the local communities, continuing the great work this Forest has done in stewarding the public’s lands, and taking care of our folks through some challenging times.”

Turner is an experienced leader, serving as a member of the National Grassland Council and working on Incident Management Teams in a variety of roles including Agency Administrator (responsible official for all personnel involved in an incident), Liaison Officer (coordinator for cooperating agencies on incident management) and a Division Supervisor (manager of tactical operations for a geographical area on an incident). Turner is married and has one son and two grandkids. In his free time, Turner enjoys hunting and watching sports.

Turner started his role as Acting Forest Supervisor on March 6, 2018.

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