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National forest names new deputy supervisor

Jason Kuiken has been named deputy supervisor of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest.

Supervisor Mike Balboni said Kuiken, a district ranger in the Chippewa National Forest’s Deer River Ranger District in Minnesota, will report for duty Jan. 27.

He succeeds Clint Kyhl, deputy supervisor from 2009-20013. Kyhl became supervisor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming.

Kuiken will help oversee management of four million acres of federal land in Washington and more than 450 employees.

“Jason is highly respected for his leadership and collaborative skills working with American Indian tribes and agency partners,” Balboni said. “He also has experience working at the national headquarters for the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service in Washington, D.C., and the agency’s Rocky Mountain Regional Office in Golden, Colo.”

“There are three national forests that have always captured my soul and the Okanogan-Wenatchee is one of them,” Kuiken said.

Kuiken grew up in central Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Wisconsin-Steven Point, and a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University.

His wife, Sarah, also works for the Forest Service. They have two sons, ages 3 and 1.

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