Michael Donald named Deputy Forest Supervisor
Michael Donald recently assumed the Deputy Forest Supervisor position for the White River National Forest. Donald has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for 27 years, having recently arrived from the Plumas National Forest where he was the District Ranger on the Mount Hough District for the last eight years.
“I am delighted Mike has joined the White River team. His experience and skills will be a great addition to the Forest”, said Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams.
Donald has also served as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit where National Forest uses similar to the White River predominate. He has worked elsewhere in the West, including Washington State and Montana, as a fish biologist and planner.
“I’m excited to embark on a new chapter in my career to continue my philosophy of making National Forest management pertinent to the public we serve and to future generations,” Donald said. “I feel fortunate to have that opportunity here on the White River National Forest.”
Donald’s Forest Service career includes 10 years using his fluent Spanish living and working in Latin America on community watershed restoration and incorporating environmental considerations into development work. He also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras before joining the Forest Service. He has a B.S. degree in fisheries biology from University of California at Davis.
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