Coos Bay forestry official selected as new state forester

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The Oregon Board of Forestry last Friday picked a forester from Coos Bay to lead the Oregon Department of Forestry.

Calvin Mukumoto, a former member of the state Parks and Recreation Commission and Board of Forestry and the U.S. Board for the Forest Stewardship Council, will lead the agency’s 1,200 employees and a budget of nearly $500 million.

Mukumoto spent 30 years working in the forest products industry, and served on the board of six Tribal enterprises in Oregon and Washington.  

Mukumoto’s next steps will be to meet with the board independently and to discuss the terms of a contract. 

In his application for the job, Mukumoto wrote, “The department, in my opinion, was caught in extraordinary conditions brought on by climate change . . .