Experienced wildfire manager to oversee state’s largest on-call fire agency, community preparedness, and community forestry outreach
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz announced her appointment of George Geissler as Washington State Forester and Deputy Supervisor for Wildfire. Geissler, who joined the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on May 29, will be responsible for day-to-day management of the state’s largest on-call fire department.
“George brings experienced leadership to our efforts to protect 13 million acres of private, state and tribal-owned forestland.” Franz said. “And as our new Washington State Forester, George will play a key role with all our communities across Washington.”
Geissler comes to DNR from Oklahoma where he served as the director of forestry services and state forester with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture where his duties included coordinating the department’s Forest Stewardship program, forest management planning, prescribed fire planning, financial analysis and technical assistance. He previously worked in private forest management and as a wildland firefighter and forester for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, also known as the “omnibus” bill, delivered a number of legislative victories for federal forest management. Notably, the bipartisan forestry package gives federal agencies additional funding and new policy tools to support fuels reduction work on public lands.
Two Oregon State University students from Douglas County were awarded C. Wylie Smith III Memorial Scholarships. The two recipients are Corrine Walters and Chad Bebeau. Corrine Walters is a graduate from Roseburg High School and Chad Bebeau is a graduate from Oakland High School.
Blue Mountain Chapter Chair Richie Gardner and Member Jamie Knight submitted an Op-Ed to the East Oregonian about the life of a forester. They answered the question that many members of the public have; what does a forester do exactly? The article focuses on the attention to sustainablitiy and correcting some of the misconceptions. Read the Op-Ed in the East Oregonian here!