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Kihia Welcomed as New Manager of Goods, Services, and Values Program
Simon Kihia has been selected as the new manager of the Goods, Services, and Values (GSV) research program, the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station announced today.
“It is my distinct pleasure to welcome Simon to the Station Management Team,” said Robert Mangold, acting station director. “He brings with him skills that not only will move GSV forward, but will be a great benefit to our station leadership team.”
The GSV Program conducts research in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon that advances understanding of relationships between people and forest and rangeland ecosystems. As GSV Program Manager, Kihia will be directing the work of the program’s 15 researchers and professionals as they explore five key issues, ranging from communities and forest management to urban-wildland interactions. He will be based at the station’s Wenatchee Forestry Sciences Laboratory and will report for work there on August 25.
Kihia currently is based in Portland and is leader of the station’s Data Acquisition Team for Oregon, Washington, and California. The team is part of the Resource Monitoring and Assessment Program, which inventories and monitors forests in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands.
Prior to joining the station in 2011, Kihia worked for the Washington State Department of Natural Resources for 12 years, where he held various management positions, including several years as a research lead. His background includes work as a field forester and head of a program within the Kenya Forest Department and, then, as head of the research and development program of a large multinational wood products organization and as general manager in a wood processing complex. Kihia—who holds a bachelor’s degree in forestry from the University of Nairobi and two master’s degrees, in wood science and natural resource management, from the University of Toronto—also was an adjunct professor for several years in Kenya.
“I am looking forward to working with these diverse teams of scientists and, together, advancing the pursuit of scientific knowledge for which the station is so well known,” Kihia said.
The Pacific Northwest Research Station—headquartered in Portland, Ore.—generates and communicates scientific knowledge that helps people make informed choices about natural resources and the environment. The station has 11 laboratories and centers located in Alaska, Washington, and Oregon and about 400 employees. Learn more online at http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw.