SUSANVILLE -- Humboldt County native Merv George, Jr., has been named acting supervisor of the Lassen National Forest.
A lifelong resident of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and the Eureka area, George has spent more than 20 years in public service, including 15 years working with various tribal governments across California.
He also served four years on the Hoopa Valley Tribal Council and two years as its Tribal Chairman.
George comes to the Lassen Forest from the Six Rivers National Forest, where he has been deputy forest supervisors since 2011. His Forest Service career includes posts at both the regional and forest levels.
Prior to joining the Forest Service, George was the executive director of the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council and also served as the administrator for the Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish & Water Commission.
He replaces Lassen Forest Supervisor Jerry Bird, who recently retired.