The longtime head of the Siuslaw National Forest is leaving next month to take a promotion, the U.S. Forest Service announced on Thursday.
Jerry Ingersoll, who has been forest supervisor on the Siuslaw since March 2010, has been tapped to become the deputy regional forester for the agency’s Alaska Region. He will begin his new duties on April 15.
Angela Elam, the deputy supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southern Washington, will step in beginning April 16 as acting supervisor of the Siuslaw and will serve in that capacity until Ingersoll’s permanent successor is found.
Headquartered in Corvallis, the Siuslaw National Forest covers 630,000 acres between Tillamook and Coos Bay. Located mostly along the coast, the forest contains the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. It also includes the upper slopes of Marys Peak, the high point of the Coast Range just west of Corvallis.
Ingersoll has been with the Forest Service for 31 years, serving in various capacities from Arkansas to Alaska.
“My time on the Siuslaw has been really special to me,” Ingersoll said in a statement released by the Forest Service.
“I will treasure the people with whom I’ve had the honor to serve, both Forest Service employees and partners. It’s because of them that we have a forest that truly works. I’m also looking forward to returning to Alaska, where I spent six great years.”