Lynn Burditt, area manager for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area (Forest Service), announced new employees in three positions:

Jake Benes, the administrative officer, joined the agency in May. He previously worked on the Chugach National Forest in Alaska, the Olympic NF in Washington, and the Rogue River-Siskiyou NF in Oregon.

Benes served as the acting director with the Blackwell Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center in Laona, Wis., and joins us from the Anaconda CCC in Montana. He has a Bachelor of Science in pre-professional psychology from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in management from Minot State University. He brings a wealth of knowledge in administrative processes and leadership skills.

Clare Kellett joined the administrative group Aug. 12. Kellett brings a strong set of budget support and analysis skills as well as a strong commitment to customer service. She has extensive experience in the travel industry both in the U.S. and abroad. She previously served as a support services supervisor for the Inyo National Forest’s North Zone

Lynn Oliver, planning and natural resources staff officer since 2009, has accepted a position as the customer services staff officer on the Wallowa Whitman National Forest and will leave at the end of the month.

“I want to acknowledge the extensive contributions Lynn Oliver made during his tenure, including his involvement with the Sandy River Delta Dam Removal and the Horsetail Floodplain Restoration activities currently under way,” said Lynn Burditt. “We wish him well in his new role.”

Robin Shoal succeeded Oliver as planning and natural resources staff officer starting Aug. 26. She currently serves as the environmental coordinator for the Olympic National Forest. Shoal brings strong planning skills and knowledge of ecological principles. She was actively engaged in the development of native plant guidance.

Robin has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental studies from Evergreen State College.

“We have a strong team of committed employees and welcome these three folks to our team,” said Lynn Burditt, “The Scenic Area will benefit from the diversity of skills and experiences they will contribute.”

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