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New associate district manager named for the Prineville BLM

BLM's new associate district manager Don Hicks has a long history of working in Oregon
Don Hicks recently accepted the position of Associate District Manager at the Prineville Bureau of Land Management. Don was most recently serving as a Forester for the Roseburg BLM District Manager's Staff.
   Don grew up in Ohio and graduated from Bowling Green State University with a teaching credential in earth science and a minor in biology. He taught high school for a year before returning to school at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources. He attended graduate school at Ohio State University and studied genetics and tree improvement.
   In 1978, Don worked as a forester on the Ottawa National Forest and then took a permanent job as a forester with the BLM in Burns. He eventually transferred to Medford, where he developed a 300-acre ranch into a seed orchard to support the Western Oregon Tree Improvement Program.
   In 1987, Don began working as an Assistant Area Manager for the Medford District BLM. He transferred to Roseburg as a Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist. He has continued to serve in a variety of supervisory and managerial positions during the last thirteen years. Don also has 15 years experience as a facilitator and has provided his skills to many BLM offices and to the Oregon/Washington BLM leadership team.