The Oregon Department of Forestry announced that Private Forests Division deputy chief, Kyle Abraham, will head the division when the current chief, Lena Tucker, moves into her new role as Deputy State Forester on July 1.
“I’m very excited and humbled to have this opportunity to serve as the Private Forests Division Chief,” Abraham said in a release from the Oregon Department of Forestry.
Abraham has served as deputy chief of the Division since 2017. Previously he led the agency’s discussions on water quality and forestry interactions while serving as the Water Quality Specialist.
This appointment is great news for private forests, who can rely on Abraham’s knowledge of the Oregon Forest Practices Act to work with them in maintaining healthy forests, streams and wildlife habitat.
Abraham began working with ODF in 1988 and is especially focused on maintaining Oregon’s high water quality standards. His past work includes electrofishing surveys, evaluating fish passage through culverts, collecting water samples after aerial herbicide applications, and developing and leading scientific monitoring projects designed to test the effectiveness of Oregon’s Forest Practices Act. From 2010-2012 he also worked for the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board as their Effectiveness Monitoring Coordinator.
Abraham’s water quality expertise will ensure that Oregon’s forests continue to be the source of our state’s cleanest water.