According to Connaughton, "Kevin believes in strong relationships, and is well known for his work with both external community groups and the internal workforce on the Umatilla National Forest. Kevin's strength of skills, in both natural resources work and community engagement, will be strong assets for the Wallowa Whitman National Forest."
Martin, a graduate of both Iowa State University and Oregon State University, has served as the Umatilla National Forest Supervisor for the past eight years in Pendleton. The Ft. Dodge, Iowa native has degrees in Animal Ecology, Entomology, and Wildlife Science.
Kevin feels passionate about Eastern Oregon, saying, "I enjoy working and living in Eastern Oregon and have spent quite a lot of my career doing so. I am impressed with the Wallowa Whitman National Forest employees, the landscapes they get to work in and the amount of work they have been accomplishing. I look forward to meeting with the employees and the Forest's publics, listening to their concerns and needs, and seeing how I can assist. I believe good communications and understanding of one another's needs will lead us to achieve great things."
Monica Schwalbach, who has served as the Wallowa Whitman National Forest Supervisor, has taken a new assignment with the Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland.