Jim Furnish is a consulting forester in the Washington D.C. area following a 34-year career with the USDA Forest Service. He served as the agency’s Deputy Chief and Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor in Corvallis, Oregon. Furnish was a principle Forest Service leader in creating the Roadless Area Conservation Rule (2001), as well as in reforming management of the Siuslaw National Forest from timber production to restoration principles. He has served on the board of directors of several environmental and faith-based non-profit organizations.
Siuslaw National Forest managers had been getting out the cut for decades, ringing up substantial receipts for the Forest Service and racking up sizeable environmental deficits. Furnish carefully narrates the personnel roadblocks he had to clear before he and his reconstituted staff could reduce harvesting levels, close down logging roads, restore battered riparian habitat and once-fertile estuaries, and protect endangered species, building a management framework whose principal goal was the regeneration of the natural forest.