PRESCOTT, AZ (April 18, 2017) - Beginning April 17, Jessie Berner will serve as the Acting Forest Supervisor of the Prescott National Forest. Jessie comes to us from the Pacific Northwest Regions (R6) where she serves as a District Ranger on the Rouge River Siskiyou National Forest.
Jessie was raised in small town in northwest Tennessee. While attending the University of Tennessee, she worked as a seasonal firefighter on the Lolo National Forest in Montana. She left Montana to spend time in Alaska working on a variety of fishery projects for the Tongass National Forest. Upon graduation and completion of her degree in Natural Resource Management, she worked as a recreation technician on the Wenatchee National Forest before moving to the Winema National Forest in Southern Oregon as a Recreation Planner. During her time on the Winema, she worked on timber sale projects, several large scale planning projects and helped develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the Klamath Tribe.
In 1999, Jessie moved to the Modoc National Forest as the Forest Recreation Staff Officer to lead the Recreation, Trails, Wilderness, Special Uses, Conservation Education and Volunteer programs. During that time, she gained extensive knowledge in marketing and tourism and working with the local communities to increase economic vitality. She served as the Acting East Zone District Ranger on the Modoc and assisted the Lassen National Forest in development of a large-scale wind energy project to provide green energy to the local area.
Before becoming a District Ranger on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest in R6, she served as the Acting Deputy District Ranger for the San Jacinto Ranger District on the San Bernardino National Forest. More recently, Jessie served as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland and as the Acting Recreation Heritage and Lands Staff Officer on the Siuslaw National Forest that included the management of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Jessie also spent several years serving on an Interagency Wildland Fire Management Team based out of the Pacific Northwest and is a recipient of the Secretary of Agriculture Group Award for the Team’s leadership of the recovery efforts during the World Trade Center Incident.
During the past several years while a District Ranger on the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, she co-lead the development of the R6 Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and she is very dedicated to promoting cultural transformation throughout the Agency.
“There are already so many great relationships established and I am honored to lead the Forest in this collaborative environment. I am very passionate about the beautiful resources in which we are entrusted to care for and assisting our employees serving our local community,” said Berner.
Teresa Chase, current Forest Supervisor retired on March 31.