Forestry, ODF, Oregon

Cal Mukumoto tapped to become next State Forester

Calvin Teruo Mukumoto during an October 20, 2021 Board of Forestry meeting held virtually.

The next leader of the Oregon Department of Forestry was selected Friday morning by the Oregon Board of Forestry, who unanimously chose Calvin “Cal” Mukumoto, of Coos Bay, for the job of State Forester. 

Mukumoto will be charged with leading the Oregon Department of Forestry in managing Oregon’s state-managed forests, grappling with increasingly severe wildfires, and tackling significant financial difficulties facing the state agency. 

Mukumoto was selected out of three candidates by the Oregon Board of Forestry Friday morning during a virtual meeting. 

Two other candidates, Therese O’Rourke and Jim Paul, were not selected for the job. 

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“I’m honored at this point. Almost speechless,” Mukumoto said moments after his nomination.

Speaking to Mukumoto . . .

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