James Furnish Updated:05/2019


Jim Furnish, retired deputy chief, USDA Forest Service

Jim Furnish is currently a consulting forester in the Washington D.C. area following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He retired after serving as deputy chief for national forests from 1999 – 2002. During the 1990s, Furnish was Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor in Corvallis, Ore. during the spotted owl crisis where they reformed management from timber production to restoration principles. Furnish was also a principle Forest Service leader in creating protections for 60 million acres of roadless areas in 2001. His recent memoir, “Toward a Natural Forest” (Oregon State University Press), speaks to forest management that works in concert with nature.

A principle Forest Service leader in creating both the Roadless Area Conservation Rule (2001) and the revised National Forest Planning Rule (2000), as well as reforming management of Oregon’s Siuslaw NF from timber production to restoration principles.

He worked on a broad range of environmental issues such as watershed restoration, planning policy, roadless areas, ATV regulation, fisheries, and fire.

Jim has 9 years of experience as an FSC auditor for “green” certified forest lands and products. He also served 6 years on the Board of Directors for both Wildlands CPR (Missoula, MT) and Evangelical Environmental Network (Wash, DC), and now serves on the Board of Directors for GEOS Institute. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the Western Environmental Law Center and FSEEE (Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics) both in Eugene, OR.

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Forestry Consultant
4900 Hornbeam Drive
Rockville, MD  20853
Phone: 240-271-1650

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