On May 9, 2018, Jim Peña announced his retirement as Regional Forester for Region 6, effective July 3 of this year. Region 6 is a linchpin of federal timber supply and has tremendous potential for active management. AFRC staff will work with the Forest Service to ensure that important Region initiatives continue uninterrupted. AFRC will also closely monitor the selection process for the next Regional Forester.
We thank Jim for his years of service and wish him and his family well.
Below is Jim's letter annoucing his retirement
Dear Region Six Partners
I want to let you know I have decided to retire after 40 years of Federal service, all with the Forest Service. My last day of work will be July 3, 2018. I began my career on June 12, 1978, as a GS-4 Trainee Forester at Applegate Ranger District, Rogue River National Forest, in Southern Oregon. I never imagined the opportunities I would have and the places I would work and people I would have the privilege to work with. I feel fortunate to have come full circle with the opportunity to finish my career here in the Pacific Northwest Region.
I appreciate the opportunity to work with you over my tenure as Regional Forester. The work you do to support management of our public lands, in particular the National Forests and Grasslands in Oregon and Washington, is important. I appreciate the contributions you and your organizations have made to improving management of the National Forests.
The Chief is considering who to name as the next Regional Forester. I do not know who yet. I know the intent is to have short a period as possible between my departure and the arrival of the new Regional Forester.
My wife Debbie and I are looking forward to taking it easy for a while. We plan to do some traveling, take time to be more involved in our community and enjoy our family.
Take care and best wishes, Jim