New supervisor selected for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

Kristin Bail will serve as the new Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, effective Sept. 1.

Portland - Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa announced Kristin Bail as the new Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest Supervisor, effective Sept. 1, 2019. Bail currently serves as the Acting Director for the USDA Forest Service’s Watershed, Fish, Wildlife, Air and Rare Plant programs in Washington D.C.

 “Kristin has a real passion for serving people and being a good neighbor to the diverse folks we serve,” said Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa. “Her strong experience working with local communities will be an incredible asset to central Washington as we work together to meet increasing forest health, fire, and recreation needs.”

 Bail brings to this position an abundance of experience from more than 34 years of public land management service across Oregon, Arizona, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. She joined the BLM in Oregon in 1984 as a Cooperative Education student trainee in hydrology. She then graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Geology. She also has a strong Forest Service background serving as the Forest Supervisor for the four National Forests in North Carolina, with prior positions as the Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Coconino National Forest in northern Arizona, and as a District Ranger on the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon.

 “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to the Pacific Northwest and become part of the great work underway on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest,” said Bail. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with our State and local governments, Tribes and Federal agencies, and with our diverse stakeholders, partners and volunteers to further our shared stewardship outcomes. My goals are to be a good neighbor, provide excellent customer service, and work in partnership to achieve the results we all want across the landscape.”

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