VANCOUVER, WA –Gifford Pinchot National Forest employees are excited to welcome Gar Abbas as the new Cowlitz Valley District Ranger. The position was vacated by Kristie Miller earlier this year when she moved to a new position in Central Oregon. Filling in until Abbas’ arrival was Mosè Jones-Yellin, who is returning to region five in Northern California.
Abbas will take over Monday, July 30, 2012. A native of Central Oregon, Abbas earned Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Oregon. A focus on fish and wildlife biology (primarily aquatic), including studies in water law, natural resource policy and environmental ethics lend well to his new role.
“I am extremely pleased to be welcoming Gar and his family to the Gifford Pinchot National Forest,” said Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor, Janine Clayton. “Gar has wide-ranging experience in natural resource management, including time as a District Ranger in Nevada.”
Clayton continued, “His passion for engaging with and being a part of the community will help the Cowlitz Valley Ranger District continue their long history of great work in the stewardship of our public lands.”
His career with the Forest Service includes experience as a Wildland Firefighter, Forest Protection Officer, Fisheries Biologist, Special Uses Administrator, Major Projects Manager, Forest Biologist/Program Manager, District Ranger and National Recreation Area Manager.
Abbas has lived and worked in desert regions of Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Southern California, as well as the dense old growth and riverine forests of Southern Oregon and Northern California. He served as District Ranger on the Jarbidge and Ruby Mountains Districts of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest since January 2009.
Abbas recently relocated with his family (wife Tricia, son Shad and daughter Rana) from Wells, Nev. to Randle, Wash. The Abbas Family enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking and backcountry camping. They recently started exploring the outdoors in winter by snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
Abbas said his family is looking forward to the opportunity to re-engage in wetter country outdoor pursuits such as fishing, boating and diving when they get settled in Southwest Washington.