New Director to Lead USGS Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center

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Ken Berg has been named the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, headquartered in Corvallis, Ore.

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Ken Berg has been named the new director of the U.S. Geological Survey Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center, headquartered in Corvallis, Ore.

Berg comes to the USGS on May 31, 2015 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he was the Assistant Regional Director of Science Applications and Climate Change for the Pacific Southwest Region. In this position, he served as a senior science advisor for policy development, program direction, partner relationships and management of science programs at the USFWS.

“Ken brings an in-depth understanding of natural resource science and management issues in the west and an ability to successfully collaborate with multiple stakeholders,” said Frank Shipley, Acting Regional Director of the USGS Northwest Region.

Berg holds a Master of Science in biology from Humboldt State University and a Bachelor of Science in biology from the University of California at Riverside. His career spans over 30 years with a focus on natural resource conservation and management.

“I’m excited to join the USGS and get back to my roots in science and research,” said Berg. “FRESC has an outstanding reputation for supporting the USGS science mission and I’m honored to be part of this great group.”

In his previous position with the USFWS’ Washington Fish and Wildlife Office, Berg’s strong leadership and focus on conservation and collaboration resulted in more than $247 million in funding for conservation projects in the state of Washington. In recognition of his significant and sustained leadership, Berg received the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award in 2013, one of the highest honors a USFWS employee can receive in recognition of exceptional continued contributions to the agency.

FRESC is nationally and internationally recognized for its ecological research and technology providing scientific understanding in support of natural resource management and conservation.

FRESC is one of 18 USGS science centers focused on ecosystems research. The center has four field stations in the Pacific Northwest – Boise, Idaho; Corvallis, Ore.; Seattle, Wash.; and Olympic National Park, Wash.