According to a communique dated Oct. 17 sent by Wallowa-Whitman Forest Supervisor John Laurence to members of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest collaborative, as of Nov. 2 Wallowa-Whitman Deputy Forest Supervisor Tom Montoya will replace Laurence in that top position at the USFS office in Baker City.
Eleven days later, on Oct. 28, an official press release was circulated by the Forest Service Regional office in Portland confirming that appointment.
Outgoing forest supervisor Laurence has been named to assume a role as special assistant to Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Jim Pena.
Montoya has served as deputy forest supervisor for the Wallowa-Whitman NF since mid-2011 and has been in the employ of the Forest Service since 1985. Before arriving in Baker City, Montoya served as district ranger on three different ranger districts on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, in Idaho, and was district ranger on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, in Nevada.
Educationally, Montoya earned an associate of science degree in fisheries management from the College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, in 1985, and a bachelor of science degree in range science from Montana State University, Bozeman, in 1988.
Montoya is said to have expertise in fire as well as in fisheries and range management.
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