28 Jan 2011, 7:01pm
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Forest board names new Oregon state forester

By The Hillsboro Argus, January 28, 2024 [here]

SALEM — The state Board of Forestry Wednesday selected Doug Decker as Oregon’s next state forester. Decker will assume his duties Feb. 1, succeeding Marvin Brown, who resigned at the end of 2010.

Decker has been acting chief of the forestry department’s state forests division. He started working at the agency in 1987 as a public affairs specialist and served as public affairs director from 1990 to 1996.

He led development of the Tillamook Forest Center, an interpretive facility in the Tillamook State Forest, from 1996 to 2006. Most recently, he oversaw acquisition in Central Oregon of the Gilchrist State Forest, Oregon’s first new state forest in more than 60 years.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Montana.

As Oregon’s state forester, Decker oversees about 650 employees and a two-year budget of about $303 million.



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