Former U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief to Speak at UM

September 11, 2015

MISSOULA – Former U.S. Forest Service Deputy Chief Jim Furnish will lead a panel discussion from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, in the Payne Family Native American Center at the University of Montana. Furnish will discuss his new memoir, “Toward a Natural Forest: The Forest Service in Transition,” that he published in 2015.

Furnish joined the U.S. Forest Service in 1965, and during his 34-year career he served as the agency’s deputy chief and the Siuslaw National Forest supervisor.

Other panelists include former Missoula Mayor Daniel Kemmis and Bolle Center for People and Forests Director Martin Nie.

Furnish’s book offers an insider’s view of a tumultuous time in the agency’s history, including the transition from commodity extraction to ecosystem management.

The documentary “Seeing the Forest” also will be screened at the event. The film examines a West Coast national forest’s transition in the wake of the spotted owl crisis.

The discussion is sponsored by UM College of Forestry and Conservation and the UM Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration.

Contact: Leana Schelvan, director of communications, UM College of Forestry and Conservation, 406-243-6693,