Sharon Wallace has lots of experience, will travel here from Arizona

Sharon Wallace, current public services staff officer on the Tonto National Forest near Phoenix, Ariz., has been hired as the new deputy forest supervisor of the Mt. Hood National Forest, a 1.1-million acre site with eight congressionally designated wilderness areas, 30 miles east of Portland.

Wallace has a degree in civil engineering from Georgia Tech and an outdoor recreation and tourism degree from Arizona State University. Before joining the Forest Service, she worked in construction and engineering.

Wallace began her career in 1998 at the Roosevelt Lake Visitor Center on the Tonto National Forest, and has worked in different capacities at Forest Service offices in Southern California, Colorado and New Mexico.

“Sharon has accomplished a great deal during her career and brings experience in sustainable recreation, finance and leadership that will serve the Mt. Hood National Forest well,” said Regional Forester Kent Connaughton.

While not working as a deputy district ranger, acting district ranger or recreation manager — all positions she has held —Wallace enjoys traveling, hiking, fishing, camping and gardening. She also enjoys making jewelry.

“I especially enjoy fusing fine silver because it allows me to play with fire and make a lot of noise with a hammer,” Wallace said.

Until Wallace’s arrival, Fire and Aviation Staff Officer Deb Roy will remain as acting deputy forest supervisor. Wallace is expected to arrive in the Mt. Hood National Forest on March 24.

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