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Paul Brewster has officially begun work as Assistant Station Director for Program Development of the USDA Forest Service's Pacific Northwest Research Station.
Brewster, based at the station's Juneau Forestry Sciences Laboratory, will be guiding the development of research programs at the station into areas of emerging interest and will be helping to integrate programs across the station. He also will be monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of major research projects and facilitating partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies.
Prior to joining the station, Brewster was Deputy Regional Forester for the Forest Service's Alaska Region, where he was charged with overseeing the management of the state's 22 million acres of national forest. He joined the agency in 1980 and has had a widely varied career since then that has included assignments in Oregon, Minnesota, West Virginia, Alaska, Missouri, and Vermont at the district, forest, regional, and national levels.
Brewster is a native of New England and received a bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Massachusetts and a master's degree in natural resource economics and policy from Michigan State University. He also spent two years working as a forester with the Peace Corps in Liberia.
The PNW Research Station is headquartered in Portland, Oregon. It has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington and about 425 employees.