DENVER — Nevada State Forester Pete Anderson was selected this month to serve as co-leader of the Western Forestry Leadership Coalition (WFLC), an organization that promotes science-based forest management.
“The WFLC is a critically important partnership, one that acknowledges our issues across boundaries and landscapes,” Anderson said.
Anderson also leads the Council of Western State Foresters. Established in 1988, the Council of Western State Foresters is a nonpartisan organization of state, territorial, and commonwealth foresters of the western US and Pacific Islands.
The CWSF works closely with the WFLC, which has its origins in the USFS State and Private Forestry Programs that provide technical and financial assistance to landowners and resource managers to help sustain the nation’s private and public forests and protect communities and the environment from devastating wildland fires.
Anderson has an extensive background in conservation, natural resources and forestry, and has been the Nevada State Forester and administrator of the Nevada Division of Forestry since 2004.
Anderson will lead the group with Rick Cables, U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Regional Forester. Cables became Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region in 2001 with previous USFS positions in many western states and as Regional Forester for the Alaska Region.
“In order for us to meet the public’s need efficiently and effectively, we must have seamless, effective delivery to our communities,” Cables said. “The WFLC provides resources, partnerships and solutions for western forestry challenges.”