FIRE: Jerry Perez Selected As USFS National Director Of Fire And Aviation

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Replaces Shawna Legarza who retired 18 months ago

Jerry Perez, new USFS National Director of Fire and Aviation Management. Photo by USFS.

The U.S. Forest Service has selected Jerome “Jerry” Perez to be the new National Director of Fire and Aviation Management in Washington, D.C. He is currently the Forest Supervisor for the Angeles National Forest, Southern California.

The position has been vacant, occupied by acting personnel, since Shawna Legarza retired 18 months ago, June 30, 2020. Patty Grantham, Helena-Lewis and Clark Forest Supervisor Bill Avey were all temporarily assigned to the job. Jacob Nuttall, Southwest Region Fire Director, was also named.

“I welcome Jerry’s 32 years of experience and expertise as he leads our outstanding firefighters and guides the fire and aviation program to meet the challenge of preventing and managing wildfires,” said Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. “He steps into this position as the agency focuses on significantly increasing the pace and scale of hazardous fuels treatments focused in areas that have the highest risks of wildfires and threats to vital infrastructure.”

Prior to working on the Angeles NF Mr. Perez served as California State Director for the Bureau of Land Management and was the Oregon/Washington BLM State Director. Prior to his time at the BLM, Perez worked as a Deputy Regional Forester in Utah, Forest Supervisor in Kentucky’s Daniel Boone National Forest, and Deputy Forest Supervisor in California’s Stanislaus National Forest. He also served as the National Litigation Coordinator for the Washington Office. Perez holds a degree in Forestry from West Virginia University, and a law from the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer for Ghana, Africa.

Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire. View all posts by Bill Gabbert

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