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Image of Sam Alfano

Salvatore “Sam” Alfano

Years of Service: 1957-1985

Positions include: Assistant ranger, District Ranger, Forest Recreation Officer

Image of Rupert Asplund

Rupert Asplund

Years of Service: 1928-1962

Positions include: Lookout, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Fire Training Officer, Forest Fire Control Officer, State & Private Forestry

Image of Phil Aune

Philip “Phil” Aune

Years of Service: 1982-1999

Positions include: Forester, Silviculturist, Forest Timber Management Officer, Research Program Manager at Pacific Southwest Research Station (Redding Silviculture Laboratory)


Image of Gail Baker

Gail Baker

Years of Service: 1937-1970

Positions include: Forester, District Ranger, Assistant Forest Supervisor, Assistant Regional Director of Fire Management

Image of Paul Barker

Paul Barker

Years of Service: 1982-1999

Positions include: Forester, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Recreation & Lands Officer, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor, National Assistant Director of Recreation, Regional Forester

Photo of Bruce Barron

Bruce Barron

Years of Service: 1944-1959

Positions include: Dispatcher, Procurement, Administrative Assistant, Auditor, Personnel Assistant

Image of Leland Berriman

Leland Berriman

Years of Service: 1933 - 1965

Positions include: Forester, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Regional Timber Inventory, Fire Control Officer

Image of Jerry Berry

Jerry Berry

Years of Service: 1933-1965

Positions include: Forester, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Regional Timber Inventory, Fire Control Officer


Photo of Lynn Biddison

Lynn Biddison

Years of Service: 1943-1982

Positions include: Engine Crew Foreman, Hot Shot Crew Superintendent, District Fire Management Officer, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Officer, Regional Director of Fire & Aviation Management

Photo of Tom Blankenship

Thomas "Tommy" Blankenship

Years of Service: 1943-1972

Positions include: Radio communication; Regional Fire Team in radio communication

Image of Dale Bosworth

Dale Bosworth

Years of Service: 1966-2007

Image of Mary Ellen Bosworth

Mary Ellen Bosworth

Mother of Chief Dale Bosworth; Wife of District Ranger and Forest Supervisor

Image of Frankie Bowman

Frankie Bowman

Years of Service: 1963-1983

Photo of Buck Hurston

Hurston Buck II

Years of Service: 1937-1976

Positions include: District Fire Management Officer, Forest Dispatcher, Zone Dispatcher

Image of Charlie Caldwell

Charlie Caldwell

Years of Service: 1954-1986

Positions include: Hot Shot Crew, Smokejumper, Hot Shot Superintendent, Fire Training Specialist

Photo of Harry Camp

Harry Camp

Years of Service: 1933-1973

Positions include: District Ranger, Forest economist, Chief of Forest Recreation Research, Director of Pacific Southwest Research Station

Image of Bob Cermak

Robert W. "Bob" Cermak

Years of Service: 1953-1982

Positions include: District Ranger, Forest Supervisor, Deputy Regional Forester

Image of Ben Charley

Ben Charley

Years of Service: 1966-1989

Positions include: Engine Foreman, Hot Shot Foreman, Native American Special Emphasis Program Manager (esp. outreach and recruitment)

Image of Dick Chase

Dick Chase

Years of Service: 1954-1985

Image of Joe Church

Joseph “Joe” and Virginia “Ginny” Church

Years of Service: 1951-1979

Positions include: Timber marker, District Ranger, Land Management Planning, Special Uses Forester

Image of Ralph Cisco

Ralph C. Cisco

Years of Service: 1960-1988

Positions include: District Ranger, Forest Supervisor

Image of Kenton Clark

Kenton "Ken" Clark

Years of Service: 1955-1989

Positions include: District Recreation Staff, District Ranger, Forest Fire/Lands Staff, Forest Supervisor, Regional Director of Aviation and Fire Management

Photo of Betty Conrad-Hite

Betty Conrad-Hite

Years of Service: 1957-1987

Photo of George Coombes

George Coombes

Years of Service: 1946-1986

Positions include: Forester, District Ranger, Forest Timber Staff Officer, Regional Training Officer for Timber Management, Regional NEPA Coordinator

Image of Gil Davies

Gilbert “Gil” Davies

Years of Service: 1960-1990

Positions include: Contracting Officer, Fire Service Chief, Founder of Klamath National Forest Interpretive Museum

Image of Max Doner

Max H. Doner

Years of Service: 1963-1980

Positions include: Timber Sale Prep, Recreation Forester, District Resource officer

Image of Bill Dresser

William “Bill” Dresser

Years of Service: 1942-1980

Positions include
: Fire dispatcher, District Ranger, Regional Assistant Chief of Information Education, Forest Supervisor

Photo of Richard Droege

Richard "Dick" Droege

Years of Service
: 1936-1972

Positions include
: Civilian Conservation Corps LEM (Local Experienced Man), District Ranger, Forest Supervisor, Regional Forester (Eastern Region), National Deputy Chief for Administration

Photo of Roy Feuchter

Roy W. Feuchter

Years of Service
: 1950 -1987

Positions include
: Forest Dispatcher, National Environmental Coordinator, Assistant to Deputy Chief for Long Range Programs and Legislation, National Director of Recreation Management

Photo of John Fiske

John Fiske

Years of Service
: 1976-2002

Positions include
: Regional Silviculturist Certification Program, Regional Program Manager for Reforestation and Timber Stand Improvement

Photo of Gloria Flora

Gloria Flora

Years of Service: 1977-2000

Positions include: Landscape Architect, District Ranger, Forest Ecology Resources Group Leader, Acting District Manager of Salt Lake District (Bureau of Land Management),  Forest Supervisor

Photo of Bob Flynn

Bob Flynn

Years of Service: 1936-1975

Positions include: Lookout-fireman, Road crew, Grader operator, Fire crew foreman, Fire control assistant, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Staff Officer

Photo of Joe Flynn

Joe Flynn

Photo of Alice Forbes

Alice Forbes

Years of Service: 1972-2005

Photo of William Frost

William  “Bill” Frost

Years of Service: 1962-1982

Positions include: Airtanker Pilot, Smokejumper Pilot, Lead Plane Pilot

Photo of Jerry Gause

Gerald "Jerry" Gause

Years of Service: 1958-1982

Positions include: Forest Naturalist, Regional Director of Public Affairs, Regional Air Resource Manager

Photo of Tom Goldenbee

Thomas “Tom” Goldenbee

Years of Service: 1957-1988

Positions include: Hot Shot Foreman, Assistant Recreation Manager, Forest Fire Management Office

Photo of Glenn Gottschall

Glenn Gottschall

Years of Service: 1961-2004

Photo of Harry Grace

Harry Grace

Years of Service: 1934-1972

Positions include: Lookout, Road Locator, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Officer, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor

Image of Charlie Graham

Charlie Graham

Photo of Bob Gray

Bob Gray

Years of Service: 1942-1976

Positions include: Dispatcher, District Fire Management Officer

Photo of Al Groncki

Al Groncki

Years of Service: 1951-1980

Positions include: District Ranger, Job Corps Center Director, Forest Products Utilization

Photo of Edmund “Ed” Grosch

Edmund “Ed” Grosch

Years of Service: 1949-1981

Positions include: Lookout, Firefighter, Dispatcher, Fire Management Officer

Photo of George Gruell

George Gruell

Years of Service: 1958-1987

Positions include: Wildlife Biologist, Research Wildlife Biologist, Regional Fuels Management Officer

Photo of Bob Gustafson

Robert “Bob” Gustafson

Years of Service: 1951-1980

Positions include: Blister Rust Control Officer, Project Sales Officer, District Ranger, Regional Branch Chief of Pest Control, Regional Branch Chief of Cooperative Forestry

Photo of George Harper

George Harper

Years of Service: 1960-1997

Positions include: Junior Forester, Timber Management Assistant, Planning Forester, District Ranger

Photo of Bob Harris

Bob Harris

Years of Service: 1969-1998

Photo of Marilyn Hartley

Marilyn Hartley

Years of Service: 1976-2005

Positions include
: Youth Conservation Corps Manager, Forest Environmental Education Program Coordinator, Forest Public Affairs Officer, Regional Public Affairs Director

Photo of Richard Henry

Richard "Dick" Henry

Years of Service: 1960-1994

Positions include
: Foreman of San Quentin Inmate Fire Crew, Forester, District Timber Management Officer, Director of Youth Conservation Corps camp, District Ranger, National Fuels Management Officer, Director of Advanced Resource Technology Center, Forest Supervisor, Regional Director of Fire and Aviation Management

Photo of Carl Hickerson

Carl Hickerson

Years of Service: 1942-1979

Positions include: Fire Crew Foreman, District Fire Control Officer, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Officer, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Regional Director of Fire and Aviation+ (2 Regions)

Photo of Paul Hill

Paul Hill

Years of Service: 1963-1992

Positions include: Helitack Foreman, Job Corps Work Program Officer, Regional Fire Equipment Specialist, San Dimas Equipment Development Center

Photo of Phil Hirl

Phil Hirl

Years of Service: 1962-1993

Photo of Barbara Holder

Barbara Holder

Years of Service
: 1971-1998

Positions include
: Biological Information Specialist, District Resource Officer, Forest Wildlife Biologist, Regional Endangered Species Coordinator, National Endangered Species Coordinator, Regional Director of Wildlife and Fisheries, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor

Photo of Myles R.“Mike” Howlett

Myles R. “Mike” Howlett

Years of Service: 1953-1983

Positions include
: Flood Control Engineer, Forest Engineer, Branch Chief of Transportation Systems, Branch Chief of Water Power and Resources, National Director of Engineering

Photo of Bob Irwin

Robert L. “Bob” Irwin

Years of Service: 1947-

Positions include
: Blister Rust Control Crewman, Fire Patrolman, Tank Truck Operator, General District Assistant, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Officer, Research Liaison Forester, FIRESCOPE Program Manager

Photo of Jim James

Morrison R. “Jim” James

Years of Service: 1940-1972

Positions include
: Smokechaser/Lookout, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Fire and Resource Staff Officer, Assistant Regional Division Chief of Information and Education, Forest Supervisor

Photo of David Jay

David Jay

Years of Service: 1959-2001

John Jenott

Years of Service: 1950-1982

Positions include
: Fireman/Lookout, Station Foreman, Job Corps Exhibit Trainer, Regional Chief of Graphic Arts Shop, Regional Visitor Information Specialist

Photo of Alice Jones

Alice Jones

Years of Service: 1934-1936

Photo of Jack Kennedy

John “Jack” and Mary Kennedy

Years of Service: 1951-1988

Positions include
: Junior Forester, District Timber Management Officer, Timber Sale Appraiser, Director of Chico Tree Improvement Center

Photo of Jon Kennedy

Jon Kennedy

Years of Service
: 1956-1997

Positions include
: Engineer, Forest Engineer, Assistant Regional Engineer, Director of Data Management Staff, Regional Engineer,  Regional Director of Land Management Planning, Director of Resource Recovery, Assistant to the Regional Forester (Liaison with State/County Governments and Other Agencies)

Photo of Walt Kirchner

Walt Kirchner

Years of Service: 1948-1979

Photo of Stanley Krugman

Stanley Krugman

Years of Service: 1962-

Positions include
: Institute of Forest Genetics, Placerville Nursery, Tree Improvement Program, National Biotechnology Staff

Photo of Mike Lee

Mike Lee

Years of Service: 1969-2007

Photo of Myron Lee

Myron Lee

Years of Service: 1946-1982

Photo of Doug Leisz

Douglas R. “Doug” Leisz

Years of Service: 1950-1982

Positions include
: Nursery Foreman, District Ranger, Assistant Regional Forester, Forest Supervisor, Regional Forester, Associate Chief

Photo of George Leonard

George Leonard

Years of Service
: 1956-1993

Positions include
: Fire Crewman, Recreation aid, TSI crew Leader, National Director of Timber Management, Associate Chief

Photo of Ralph Lessel

Ralph Lessel

Years of Service: 1936-1972

Positions include
: Trail Crewman, Lookout, Range Surveyor, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Director of Recreation/Range/Wildlife/Soils/Minerals

Photo of Jack Levitan

Jack Levitan

Years of Service: 1955-1988

Positions include
: Forester, PNW (Pacific Northwest Ranger and Experiment Station) Research Forester (Timber Quality), Timber Management Inventories and Plans, Regional Section Head of Timber Management Inventories and Plans

Photo of Dick Lund

Dick Lund

Years of Service: 1958-1992

Photo of Lorraine Macebo

Lorraine Macebo

Years of Service: 1946-1979

Positions include: District Clerk, Assistant Forest Fire Dispatcher, Administrative Assistant, Secretary to Regional Director of Information and Education

Photo of John Marker

John Marker

Years of Service: 1960-1992


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Photo of Jim McCoy

Jim McCoy

Years of Service: 1955-1982

Positions include: Assistant Forest Engineer, Construction Engineer, Regional Engineering Recruiter

Richard "Dick" Millar

Years of Service: 1951-1980

Positions include: Junior Forester, District Fire Control Officer, District Ranger, Forest Supervisor, Assistant National Fire Director, Assistant Regional Forester for Fire

Photo of Chuck Mills

Chuck Mills

Years of Service: 1976-1989

Photo of Richard Montague

Richard Montague

Years of Service: 1954-1997

Photo of Mack Moore

Mack Moore

Years of Service: 1943-1982

Photo of Bill and Carole Morgan

Bill and Carole Morgan

Years of Service: 1959-1985

Positions include: Highway Engineer, Assistant Forest Engineer, Forest Engineer, Forest Supervisor  

Photo of Grant Morse

Grant Morse

Years of Service: 1929-1973

Positions include: Trail Crew, CCC Foreman, Regional Training & Safety Officer, Assistant Regional Forester of Information and Education

Photo of Eugene Murphy

Eugene Murphy

Photo of James Murphy

James Murphy

Photo of Linda Nunes

Linda Nunes

Years of Service: 1967-1993

Photo of Susan Odell

Susan Odell

Years of Service: 1973-2007

Photo of Anna Schmidt Parker

Anna Schmidt Parker

Years of Service: 1946-1971

Positions include: Clerk-Typist, Acting Administrative Assistant, Resource Clerk, Chief Clerk, Personnel Clerk/Officer

Photo of Scollay Parker

Scollay Parker

Years of Service: 1947-1977

Positions include: Lookout, Scaler, Project Sales Officer, District Ranger

Photo of Max Peterson

Max Peterson

Years of Service: 1949-1987

Positions include: Forest Engineer, Regional Engineer, Deputy Regional Forester, Regional Forester, Deputy Chief, Chief

Photo of Charles Philpot

Charles Philpot

Years of Service: 1963-1995

Photo of Roger Poff

Roger Poff

Years of Service: 1968-1993

Photo of Dick Pomeroy

Dick Pomeroy

Years of Service: 1951-1981

Photo of Don Porter

Don Porter

Years of Service: 1953-1978

Positions include: Fire Prevention Officer,  Fire Information Officer, Forest Public Information Officer, Regional Assistant Director for Information and Education, Assistant Director of Roadless Area Review (RARE II), Director of National Media Office

Photo of Jim Pratley

James R. “Jim” Pratley

Years of Service:1944-1972

Positions include: Flood Control Project, Assistant Forest Engineer, Forest Engineer, Regional Engineer of Plans and Programs  

Photo of Jack Prevey

Jack Prevey

Years of Service: 1946-1974

Positions include: Forester, District Timber Management Forester, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Fire Control Officer, Forest Supervisor, Assistant Regional Forester

Photo of Bob Rice

Bob Rice

Years of Service: 1958-1989

Positions include: Blister Rust Control team, General District Assistant, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Assistant Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor

Image of Raymond Rice

Raymond Rice

Years of Service: 1947-1989

Positions include: Forester, District Ranger, Research Forester, Supervisory Hydrologist

Photo of Bob Righetti

Bob Righetti

Years of Service: 1954-1981

Positions include: Tank Truck Operator, Crew Foreman, Fire Prevention Technician, District Fire Management Officer  

Photo of Dan Roach

Dan Roach

Years of Service: 1960-2001

Photo of George Roby

George Roby

Years of Service: 1959-1990

Photo of Bob Rogers

Bob Rogers

Years of Service: 1968-2000

Photo of Michael Rogers

Michael Rogers

Years of Service: 1957-1999

Lou Romero

Years of Service: 1960-1994

Positions include: Forestry Technician, Fire Crew, Dispatcher, Forest Personnel Officer, Regional Employment Officer, Internal Facilitator, Service-wide Internal Leadership Development Consultant

Photo of Gene Rose

Gene Rose

Environmental Writer for the Fresno Bee (retired)

Photo of Andrew Schmidt

Andrew "Andy" Schmidt

Years of Service: 1941-1973

Positions include: Junior Forester, Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Forest Director of Recreation, Range and Wildlife, Forest Timber Management Officer, Regional Branch Chief of Sales Administration and Preparation, National Branch Chief of Lands, Land Exchange and Purchases, Assistant Regional Forester, Tahoe Regional Planning Agency, First Administrator of Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit

Photo of Ed Schneegas

Ed Schneegas

Years of Service: 1965-1984

Positions include: Wildlife Biologist, Forest Staff Officer, Regional Director of Wildlife and Fish

Photo of David Scott

David Scott

Years of Service: 1953-1987

Photo of Spike Slattery

Spike Slattery

Years of Service: 1940-1975

Positions include: Assistant District Ranger, Land Acquisitions

Photo of Bob Smart

Bob Smart

Years of Service: 1960-1999

Positions include: Forestry Technician, Forester, Resource Officer/Assistant Ranger, District Ranger, Acting Forest Supervisor/Deputy, Incident Commander

Photo of Don Smith

Don Smith

Years of Service: 1949-1987

Photo of Zane Smith

Zane G. Smith, Jr.

Years of Service: 1955-1989

Positions include: Timber Sales Forester, Forest Timber Staff Assistant, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Job Corps Center Director, Cornell University NIPA Fellow, Deputy Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor, National Director of Recreation, Wilderness, Trails, Regional Forester, Special Assistant to the Chief for Recreation Strategy

Photo of Lynn Sprague

Lynn Sprague

Years of Service: 1957-1998

Photo of Ron Stewart

Ron Stewart

Years of Service: 1969-1999

Positions include: Project Leader, Pacific Southwest Research Station (PSW) Assistant Director, PSW Director, Regional Forester, Associate Deputy Chief

Photo of Bob Swinford

Bob Swinford

Years of Service: 1961-2007

Photo of Bob and Janet Tyrrel

Bob and Janet Tyrrel

Years of Service: 1959-1992

Positions include: Forester, Assistant District Ranger, District Ranger, Job Corps Center Director, Forest Supervisor, Regional Director of Planning/Programming/Budget, Forest Service Representative to the Heritage Conservation and Recreation Service

Photo of Scott Vail

Scott Vail

Years of Service: 1971-2005

Positions include: Hotshot Foreman, Helicopter Manager, District Fire Management Officer, Forest Fire Management Officer

Photo of Ray Weinmann

Ray Weinmann

Years of Service: 1957-1989

Photo of John Weir

John Weir

Years of Service: 1957-1988

Positions include: Engineering Technician, Road Locator, Forest Transportation Planner

Photo of Ken Weissenborn

Ken Weissenborn

Years of Service: 1950-1981

Photo of Al West

Alan "Al" West

Years of Service: 1957-1993

Positions include: Snow Researcher, Snow Ranger,  District Ranger,  Deputy Forest Supervisor, Forest Supervisor, National Director of Data Management, National Director of Fire and Aviation Management, Associate Deputy Chief, Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry 

Photo of Jane Westenberger

Jane Westenberger

Years of Service: 1959-1988

Photo of Nord Whited

Nord Whited

Years of Service: 1964-1985

Positions include: Visitor Information Specialist, Forest Public Affairs Officer, Regional Director of Visitor Information Services

Photo of Larry Whitfield

Lawrence and Carol Whitfield

Years of Service: 1952-1981

Positions include: Hotshot Foreman, Forester, Timber Management Assistant, District Ranger, Forest Director of Fire/Recreation/Lands, Deputy Forest Supervisor, F orest Supervisor, Director of Legislative Affairs, Deputy Regional Forester, Regional Forester

Photo of Ed Whitmore

Ed Whitmore

Years of Service: 1961-1994

Positions include: Forester, District Ranger, Forest Timber Management Officer, National Timber Sale Contract Specialist, Assistant Regional Forester for Timber Management, Acting Deputy Regional Forester

Photo of Robert Zeimer

Robert Ziemer

Years of Service
: 1960-2002

Positions include
: Research Forester, Chief Research Hydrologist, Director of Redwood Sciences Laboratory

Photo of Gene Zimmerman

Gene Zimmerman

Years of Service: 1964-2006

Positions include: Forest Planner,  District Ranger, National Legislative Staff,  Forest Supervisor

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