News Release

Connaughton to Lead Eastern Region of the U.S. Forest Service

November 30, 2007 -

U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail R. Kimbell today appointed Kent P. Connaughton as Eastern regional forester (Region 9). Connaughton will oversee 15 national forests in 20 eastern states. He is currently Associate Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry in Washington, DC.

"Kent brings a wealth of experience in managing national forests and cooperating with State and private forestry programs that will serve him well in this new assignment," said Chief Kimbell.

While in the Washington Office Connaughton was responsible for federal protection of the nation’s forests from fire, insects, and disease, as well as programs to support sustainable management of non-federal forests, conservation education, and tribal relations.

"I am very pleased to have this opportunity and challenge," said Connaughton. This region is known for its size and geographical dispersion, and I look forward to carrying out the high standards set by Chief Kimbell."

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, and was elected Fellow of that professional society in 1991.