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June 3, 2003

GOVERNOR NAPOLITANO ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF ARIZONA FOREST HEALTH COUNCILS

PHOENIX - Governor Janet Napolitano on Monday announced members of the Forest Health Advisory Council and the Arizona Forest Health Oversight Council.  The councils were established by executive order in May as part of her Action Plan for Arizona, which aims to restore Arizona forests to healthy conditions and prevent future forest fire disasters.

“Last summer’s fire season brought incredible devastation to Arizona’s forests and unprecedented disruption in the lives of many,” said Napolitano.  “These councils will be working to prepare the state so that kind of destruction doesn’t occur again.”

The members of the Arizona Forest Health Advisory Council, which will use a scientifically-based approach in making recommendations on forest preservation, are: Kirk Rowdabaugh (AZ State Land Department), Wally Covington (Northern Arizona University), Thomas Swetnam (University of Arizona), Beth Zimmerman (DEMA), Ed Smith (The Nature Conservancy), Taylor McKinnon (Grand Canyon Trust), Marty Moore (Eastern Arizona Counties Organization), Robert Lacapa (BIA/Fort Apache), Steve Campbell (Navajo County Cooperative Extension), Bob Moffett (forest-based industry), John Kennedy (AZ Game and Fish Department), Carl Edminster (Rocky Mountain Research Station USFS), and Karl Siderits (Supervisor, Tonto National Forest).

The members of the Arizona Forest Health Oversight Council, which will provide timelines for implementing the Governor’s Forest Health and Safety Action Plan, are: Tom O’Halleran (State Representative), Diane Vosic (Northern Arizona University), Kirk Rowdabaugh (AZ State Land Department), Richard Collison (Prescott), Vallas Massey, Sr. (White Mountain Apache Tribe), Ron Christensen (Gila County), Rob Smith (Sierra Club), Todd Schulke (Center for Biological Diversity), Steve Campbell (Navajo County Cooperative Extension), Joe Donaldson (Mayor of Flagstaff), Don Foster (Apache County Health Director), Darrell Willis (Prescott Fire Department), Michael Neal (Arizona Public Service), Doug Aitkin (Department of Commerce), and Beth Zimmerman (DEMA).

Governor Napolitano stressed the importance and urgency of their task.

“This is a critical time for Arizona.  We need to be developing new strategies of fire prevention and preparation,” Napolitano said.  “I believe that the council members represent a creative and diverse group of people dedicated to keeping our forests and communities safe.”

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