Pentzer promoted to assistant district forester

Contributed photo Ryan Miller, who has been Oregon Department of Forestry's stewardship forester in John Day for two years, is replacing Rob Pentzer as John Day unit forester. Pentzer was promoted to assistant district forester for Oregon Department of Forestry's Central Oregon District and will continue to work from the John Day office.

Rob Pentzer has been selected as the assistant district forester for Oregon Department of Forestry’s Central Oregon District.

Pentzer has been part of the district since 2012, serving as the John Day unit forester during some very challenging fire seasons. He is a graduate of the University of Idaho, with a bachelor’s degree in forest ecosystem management. He has extensive knowledge of forestry and wildland fire from his time with ODF, and his prior experience with Idaho Department of Lands.

Pentzer will continue to work from the John Day office as the assistant district forester. His desire to remain part of the community allows for an opportunity for the district to add capacity at a higher level in this part of the district. Pentzer started in his new position in May.

Ryan Miller was selected to fill the John Day unit forester position vacated by Pentzer. Miller has been the stewardship forester in John Day for the last two years, working with private landowners to administer the Forest Practices Act and landowner assistance programs. He started with ODF as a seasonal firefighter in Dallas in 1998, accepting a permanent position in ODF’s Geographic Information Systems Unit in 2000 after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in physical geography from Western Oregon University. He has worked in the State Forests and Private Forests Divisions, in addition to his GIS positions and his recent work as the John Day stewardship forester.

Ryan, his wife, Elisha, and their son, Henry, have made John Day their home.

For more information on ODF’s Central Oregon District, visit

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