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Tom Imeson will head forestry board

Governor wants new approach in state forests


Tom Imeson, a Port of Portland official who played a pivotal behind-the-scenes role for former Oregon governors and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield, will become the new chairman of the Oregon Board of Forestry.

Gov. John Kitzhaber appointed Imeson and logger Michael Rose to fill two slots coming open on the board, as Chairman John Blackwell and Steve Wilson move on.

Kitzhaber wants the volunteer board to help chart a new direction for management of state-owned forests, including the Tillamook and Clatsop forests in the northwest part of the state.

"Tom has a rich background in public service, particularly in forest policy at the state and federal levels," Kitzhaber said in a prepared statement.