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Forest Service Chief Announces New Regional Forester for Alaska Region


Juneau, Alaska— USDA Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced today the appointment of Beth Pendleton as regional forester for the Forest Service Alaska Region.  As regional forester, Pendleton will oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

“Beth’s more than 25 years of natural resources experience make her exceptionally well qualified for this job,” Tidwell said.  “Her natural resources work in both the public and private sectors make her especially well-suited for Alaska, and I am very pleased she is bringing that experience to her new role.”

Pendleton has served in several key positions in the Alaska Region, including Deputy Regional Forester for Operations; Director for Recreation, Lands, and Minerals; and as team leader for the 1997 Tongass Forest Plan Revision.  She served as Program Manager in Wildlife and Fisheries in the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and in long-term details as Rocky Mountain Region Deputy Regional Forester and as Pacific Southwest Research Station Director. Pendleton has served as the Pacific Southwest Region Deputy Regional Forester since 2006.

Early in her career, Pendleton worked as a technical editor and education specialist for a conservation organization in Washington, D.C. She earned a B.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in wildlife and fisheries from South Dakota State University, and an M.A. in journalism from the University of Wyoming. Her continuing education in public administration and natural resources management includes Harvard’s Senior Executive Fellows Program and American University’s Key Leadership Certificate program.

Pendleton looks forward to working collaboratively with the Region’s diverse stakeholders and communities of interest, especially on issues related to forest restoration and strengthening rural community health. Pendleton replaces Denny Bschor, who retired earlier this month after serving as Alaska Regional Forester for eight years.  She will assume her post in early February.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages the 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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