Drew Nate | 

On August 16, Danelle Harrison was appointed  Forest Supervisor with the San Bernardino National Forest (SBNF). 

Previous to Harrison’s appointment the management job was in the hands of two temporary supervisors. With the appointment Harrison replaced Tom Hall who returned to his position in Washington D.C. as a legislative affairs specialist after leading the SBNF for the past four months.

Danelle Harrison is  a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service. (source: fs.usda.gov/sbnf)

As supervisor, Harrison will continue her career with the U.S. Forest Service which began in 1999 as a member of a seasonal trail crew in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest outside Seattle, WA. 

In recent years, she served as the post-fire recovery coordinator in the Pacific Southwest Region. 

During her time with the Forest Service, Harrison has enjoyed a wide variety of experiences such as conducting entomological research at the Forest Service’s Southern Research Station in Louisiana, serving as a pre-sale forester on the Green Mountain National Forest in Vermont, and leading an integrated resource restoration pilot program for the agency out of its Washington D.C. headquarters. 

Her  education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resource Management from Tuskegee University and a Master of Science degree in Urban Forestry from Southern University and A&M College.

Harrison, a 22-year veteran of The Forest Service, now serves a 811,571-acre forest that includes the San Bernardino, San Jacinto and a small portion of the San Gabriel mountain ranges. 

The national forest is home to 440 wildlife species, thousands of plant species, numerous trails, camping and day sites as well as Mount San Gorgonio, the tallest peak in Southern California at 11,502 feet.

In a recent interview about her new position Harrison shared, “I am not only excited, but am privileged to serve in this role. This is definitely the most complex unit I have responsibility for.” 

“We have a host of recreational opportunities, plus we do restoration, fire management and ecological services. The diversity of what we provide here makes this a unique opportunity for land managers.”

In her spare time, Harrison enjoys traveling, visiting museums and describes herself as a voracious reader and an adventurous eater. Harrison loves sunshine and the outdoors and is very interested in the watersheds and ecology of Southern California.

Drew Nate,  a resident of Corona, California, reports for Black Voice News and the IE Voice where he focuses on news stories within the Inland Empire and throughout California. An advocate for equality and social justice, he emphasizes civil rights for African Americans. Drew previously served as a staff reporter for The Criterion, a student-run newspaper publication at La Sierra University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications. Drew’s areas of interest include international climate change, fashion, and criminal justice reform. Contact Drew with tips, comments, and/or concerns at drew@blackvoicenews.com.

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