Carol Cushing will temporarily serve as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor beginning March 25. Cushing became the North Umpqua District Ranger in 1998. The agency intends to fill in behind Cushing.
“Carol has the right mix of skills to help me lead the Umpqua National Forest,” said Owens. “She brings her sense of place, deep roots, and good humor to the job.”
Owens has served with the Forest Service for 25 years, beginning her career as a volunteer on the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. Since then, she worked on the Bitterroot National Forest in Montana, Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon, and the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont. She most recently worked in Washington, DC. Owens graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in wildland recreation from Washington State University in 1990.
Prior to coming to the Umpqua basin, Cushing worked on the Targhee National Forest in Idaho. She has extensive experience with collaborative projects in recreation, fisheries, timber, engineering, and firefighting. Cushing earned a Bachelor’s in forest management from Oregon State University in 1979.
The current Forest Supervisor of the Umpqua National Forest, Alice Carlton, will begin her temporary assignment on March 15 as the Director of Civil Rights for Oregon and Washington Carlton plans to return to her post in Roseburg around July 1, in time for fire season.