BEND, OR -- The Deschutes National Forest has a new Forest Supervisor, and she's quite familiar with the area. Holly Jewkes takes over on August fifth, replacing John Allen who retired in June.
Jewkes is currently the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Willamette National Forest. Jean Nelson Dean, with the Forest Services, tells KBND News, "She was the District Ranger at our Crescent Ranger District, which is the southern part of the [Deschutes National] Forest. The District Ranger is responsible for all the decisions made for that land base that they are responsible for, and then the Forest Supervisor oversees the District Rangers." Nelson Dean adds, "Holly obviously, worked on the leadership team of the Deschutes National Forest, before she left to take the Deputy Forest Supervisor position on the Willamette National Forest."
Nelson Dean doesn't expect big changes with the transition of leadership, "Holly will be bringing that same attitude that John Allen had, she does partnerships and those community relationships, so we expect it to be a very seamless transition." She adds, "Holly has a background in resource management, and fire, fire ecology." And, "She has a lot of knowledge about what's going on here on the Deschutes." Jewkes has been with the Forest Service, serving in the Pacific Northwest, for more than 14 years.