Jim Johnson, familiar long-time leader of the Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR) Extension Program retired last winter. Jim served 15 years with OSU, primarily as Associate Dean and Forestry Extension Program Leader but also led international programs and was interim Department Head for two departments in the College. Jim did a lot to strengthen the FNR program in his time with us. We wish him well in Virginia where he has moved to be close to a small flock of grandchildren.
Dr. Holly Ober has followed Jim as FNR Extension Program Leader. She started here at OSU on June 1, taking the position of Associate Dean for Science Outreach and Program Leader for Forestry and Natural Resources Extension in the College of Forestry.
Dr. Ober previously served as Associate Program Leader for the Natural Resources Extension Program in Florida. She was also a Professor and Extension Specialist. Her research there looked at the mechanisms that influence wildlife habitat selection and wildlife productivity in forests to better inform management strategies to balance multiple uses. She is a recognized expert in bat ecology. As an Extension Specialist, she taught landowners and land managers about sustainable management practices to provide habitat for wildlife while also meeting their other objectives. A familiar topic here in Oregon.
Holly is actually returning to Oregon, having received her PhD from OSU in Forest Science and Wildlife Biology in 2007. Please welcome her when you get a chance.