Forsgren, Harvey L. (Non-resident)
Harv was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 30, 1955. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in fisheries management from Utah State University in 1976, and a Master of Science degree in natural resource management from Humboldt State University in 1980. Harv began his career with the Forest Service as a volunteer in Wyoming in 1975. He joined the agency permanently in 1978, and worked first to develop a vegetation classification system and later as a fisheries biologist on the Chugach National Forest in Anchorage, Alaska. Subsequently, he worked as a fisheries biologist on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Sawtooth National Forest in Idaho, and on the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon. He became the fisheries program leader in the agency’s Intermountain Region headquartered in Ogden, Utah, in 1988. Beginning in 1991, he served as the National Fisheries Program Leader in Washington, D.C., for several years before being named assistant director of the Wildlife, Fish, and Rare Plant staff. In June of 1998, Harv was named national director for that staff. As national director, he had broad responsibilities for demonstrating conservation leadership and ensuring the wildlife, fish, rare plants and threatened, endangered, sensitive species programs played an integral role in the implementation of ecosystem management. In that position he helped shape national policy related to conservation of Pacific salmon and steelhead and the agency’s strategic plan, and he proposed changes to national forest planning regulations. Harv became the regional forester for the Pacific Northwest Region (U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service), Portland, Oregon, in January 2000, with responsibility for the management of 25 million acres of national forest lands located predominately in Oregon and Washington. In July 2000, he was named regional forester for the Southwestern Region, where he administers National Forest System lands in Arizona, New Mexico, and the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma. His predominate focus is on restoration of fire adapted systems across the Southwest. Harv lives in Tijeras, New Mexico, with his wife Julie. They have two grown daughters: Myrica and Hailey. He and his family enjoy international travel and cuisine, music, photography, and church service. Harv was elected to the Washington Biologists’ Field Club in 2000. Unfortunately shortly after joining he was transferred to the west coast so has not able to be an active member.