The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a new supervisor.

The Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest has a new supervisor.

Rob MacWhorter, supervisor of the Dixie National Forest in Cedar City, Utah, will replace former supervisor Scott Conroy, who retired at the end of last year. MacWhorter will report to his new job on May 7.

"I look forward to working closely with the diverse communities and partners associated with the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and I am very pleased to relocate closer to my family," he said in a prepared statement.

MacWhorter is a graduate of West Virginia University School of Forestry with degrees in forest resource management and ecological systems management. He also completed graduate level course work at the University of Montana.

Before joining the Forest Service, MacWhorter was a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador and a service forester for West Virginia and Maryland. He began his Forest Service career in late 1978 in Klamath Falls, starting as a reforestation forester and district silviculturist. He left Oregon in 1981 and moved to the Eldorado National Forest in the central Sierras to work as a district silviculturist. In 1983, he returned to Oregon to serve as district silviculturist on the Bend Ranger District in the Deschutes National Forest.

In 1988, he took a job at the Mount Hood National Forest, where he worked in natural resources, recreation, law enforcement and special uses. In 1991, he became district ranger on the Ochoco and Fremont national forests. He later worked in the agency's Washington, D.C., office as the chief of staff for the deputy chief of the national forest system.

In 2002, he moved back to the West to become the deputy forest supervisor of the Plumas National Forest in California. He became supervisor of the Dixie National Forest in early 2007.

He is married, has two grown daughters and a grandson.

Jennifer Eberlien, the current deputy forest supervisor, will continue as acting Rogue River-Siskiyou forest supervisor through April 13. Tracy Beck, assistant director of natural resources for Region 6, then will take over as acting forest supervisor until MacWhorter arrives.

— Paul Fattig