Malheur Forest names deputy super

<p>Steve Beverlin</p>

 

JOHN DAY - The Malheur National Forest’s new deputy supervisor comes to the post with rangeland experience and rural roots.

Steve Beverlin’s selection was announced last Thursday by Malheur Forest Supervisor Teresa Raaf. He will begin the job July 30.

Beverlin comes to John Day from the Region 2 office in Golden, Colo., where he is the regional range program lead.

“Steve is a welcome addition to the Malheur,” said Raaf. “Steve brings a wealth of experience and collaborative skills that make him a good fit for the people and resources of Eastern Oregon and we’re excited that he is joining our team.”

Beverlin’s career has been spent mostly in small resource-dependent communities, with the exception of his current position in Golden. Beverlin worked as a rangeland management specialist for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) out of Lakeview before moving to Salmon, Idaho, as an ecologist and assistant field manager for the BLM.

He then worked as a district ranger for the San Juan National Forest, before moving to the regional office in Golden.

Beverlin grew up in Iowa and has lived in several small farming communities. To earn spending money he would work on corn, soybean and hog farms and bale hay.

He has a bachelor’s degree in range management from South Dakota State University and a master’s in rangeland ecology/range animal nutrition from Montana State University.

He and his wife Gail, an educator, have three children – two college-age and one in high school. He has been involved in coaching football and wrestling at the junior and senior high school levels and enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and running.

“We’re looking forward to returning to a rural community and are also looking forward to getting actively involved in local community activities and engaging in the exciting work under way on the Malheur,” Beverlin said. “My positions in Oregon, Idaho, and Colorado taught me a great appreciation of traditional western values, and I am eager to be back in an area that brings me closer to the resources and communities tied to them.”

Beverlin’s selection fills the spot vacated by Raaf when she succeeded Doug Gochnour as forest supervisor.

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