PORTLAND – The U.S. Forest Service has picked Tom Montoya to be the new supervisor of the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Pacific Northwest Regional Forester Jim Peña announced the selection today.
“Tom is a proven leader and I am confident that he will do an outstanding job of leading the Wallowa-Whitman by continuing to build on the achievements made in accelerating restoration, forest plan revision, and creating a safe and inclusive work place,” Peña said.
Montoya, currently the deputy supervisor on the Wallowa-Whitman, begins his new post Nov. 2. He succeeds John Laurance, who has been named a special assistant to the regional forester in Portland.
Montoya has almost 30 years of experience with the Forest Service, and recently served as acting forest supervisor on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho. He also has been a district ranger on the Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho and on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada.
He holds degrees in fisheries and range science and has experience as a fisheries biologist and range conservationist.
He said he was honored by the selection.
“It is a job I will not take lightly,” he said. “The employees of this wonderful forest inspire me every day to be and do my best for the Wallowa-Whitman, our employees, and the communities we serve.”