Linda Duffy, a longtime Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest employee, has been named the forest's new timber, planning and minerals staff officer.

Linda Duffy, a longtime Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest employee, has been named the forest's new timber, planning and minerals staff officer.

Duffy, who has more than 31 years working in natural resource issues in the Forest Service, will manage those programs on the roughly 1.9-million-acre forest.

She replaces Rob Shull, who retired from the agency last month. Tim Chesley, the forest's recreation, engineering and lands staff officer, is serving as the acting ranger for the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, where Duffy previously was the ranger.

"Linda's expertise and ability to make a difference by creating workable solutions with individuals and organizations makes her a great choice," forest supervisor Scott Conroy said in a prepared statement.

"Her hands-on agency experiences over the years and her leadership skills and dedication to both the land and people are great assets for her coming into this position," he added.

Since 2007, Duffy has served as the district ranger for the Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District, which was formed out of the former Ashland Ranger District and the former Applegate Ranger District. Before that, she was ranger for the Ashland Ranger District for 12 years.

She joined the then-Rogue River National Forest in 1986 as the forest spokeswoman. She also has served as the forest recreation, lands and minerals staff officer as well as the acting deputy forest supervisor.

She initially joined the agency in 1978 on the Siuslaw National Forest where she worked in drafting and recreation. She also served as spokeswoman for the 40-mile-long Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area in the Siuslaw forest.

Born in Salem, Duffy has a bachelor's degree in applied behavioral science from Bastyr University in Washington state.

She and her husband, Tom Dew, a retired Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management employee, live in Medford.