New Forest Supervisor Selected
Medford, Oregon - MEDFORD, OR -Chief of the U.S. Forest Service Tom Tidwell recently announced the incoming Forest Supervisor for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. Rob MacWhorter, currently Forest Supervisor of the Dixie National Forest in Cedar City, Utah, is scheduled to report to his new assignment at the Medford Interagency Office on Monday, May 7, 2012. MacWhorter replaces Scott Conroy, the previous Forest Supervisor for the Rogue River Siskiyou, whom retired in January 2012. "I look forward to working closely with the diverse communities and partners associated with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and I am very pleased to relocate closer to my family," said MacWhorter. Rob is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Forestry with degrees in Forest Resource Management and Ecological Systems Management. He also completed graduate level course work at the University of Montana.
Before beginning his career with the Forest Service, Rob was a Peace Corp volunteer in El Salvador and a Service Forester for the States of West Virginia and Maryland. Rob began his Forest Service career in late 1978 in Klamath Falls, Oregon, as a Reforestation Forester and District Silviculturist. He left Oregon in 1981 and moved to the Eldorado National Forest in the central Sierras to work as a District Silviculturist. In 1983, Rob returned to Oregon where he became the District Silviculturist on the Bend Ranger District of the Deschutes National Forest. In 1988, after 10 years as a Forester, Rob moved to the Mt. Hood National Forest and assumed the duties as a Natural Resources/Recreation/Law Enforcement/Special Uses District Staff Officer. In 1991, after three very long, wet seasons on the Mt Hood National Forest, Rob found drier environs on the eastside of the Cascades as a District Ranger on the Ochoco and Fremont National Forests. In 2000, Rob moved to the Washington Office as the Chief of Staff for the Deputy Chief for the National Forest System. In 2002, Rob headed back west as the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Plumas in northeastern California. He most recently worked in Region 4 of the Forest Service as the Forest Supervisor on the Dixie National Forest starting in early 2007. Rob enjoys spending time with his family hiking, traveling, visiting the ocean and beach, skiing, canoeing, landscaping/gardening, and spending quiet moments at home. Rob is married and has two wonderful daughters, Sarah (22) and Laurie (19) and one grandson, Seth (5). ###
Medford Base Supports First Fire
Medford, Oregon - The Medford Airtanker Base saw some activity supporting the Beals Creek fire on July 5th 2011. Two CalFire S2T tankers 94 and 95 came up from California to take 5 loads from MFR to the fire. Medford took the lead on retardant pumped with the 4994 gallons delivered to the fire. Base personnel got their first hands on hot loading training for the season. Click photos for larger view.
Christmas Tree Prmits
Tuesday, November 27th, 2012, 8:51:09 AM PST
Medford, Oregon - Christmas Tree Permits Available Soon Southwest ORĖItís that time of year to start thinking of the annual family trip to the woods for a holiday tree. Starting on Monday, November 19, tree permits will be available at Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management Offices, as well as at numerous vendor locations in southwest Oregon. The permits allow for the cutting of personal-use trees for Christmas and other holiday events. A permit is required for the harvest of each individual tree. Please contact your local Forest Service or BLM office, as permits may be available sooner than the official start date indicated above. The permits sell for $ 5.00 per tree and are non-refundable. There is a limit of five tree permits per person. The permits cover a large area that includes the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and the Coos Bay and Medford Districts of the BLM, where lands are open to personal use tree harvesting. Maps with directions to cutting areas will be provided at time of purchase. The Christmas tree permit tag is validated after harvesting your tree by cutting out the date, month and year on the tree tag and securely attaching it to the cut tree in a visible location before transporting it. Important Note Christmas tree harvest is not allowed in wilderness areas, campgrounds, developed recreation areas, National Monuments, Research Natural Areas, Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, or within fences or posted tree plantations, within 200 feet of state highways or on private lands. Christmas tree cutting is also not permitted within the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, the Wild and Scenic Rogue River corridor and Recreation Areas. This stresses the importance of having your tree permit map with you, along with a local Forest or BLM map, and a good understanding of your location prior to cutting.
Specific fire locations and other information can be found on the MICC Daily Intelligence Report.
This webcam is looking East-Northeast from the ODF Southwest district headquarters in Medford, Oregon. Click the image for more info.
More webcams from around Southwestern Oregon.
Fire Season 2010-2011 Shots from two of our project fires for the past two seasons
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