Governor Brown has appointed Russell Henly, 55, of Sacramento, as Assistant Secretary of Forest Resources Management at the California Natural Resources Agency. This newly created position at the Natural Resources Agency will be tasked with leading/coordinating efforts to improve the inter-agency effectiveness and efficiency of forest regulation and permitting activities that are conducted by the various departments and boards at both the Resources Agency and Cal EPA. This task has been sorely needed for years and we hope that Mr. Henly will find the cooperation he needs to streamline the system and ferret out the redundancies and interagency regulatory conflicts.
Mr. Henly has held multiple positions at CAL FIRE since 1992, including:
- assistant deputy director for resource protection and improvement
- watershed assessment manager
- policy and economics analyst.
Prior to serving in CAL FIRE, he was a research specialist at the University of Minnesota Department of Forest Resources from 1985 to 1987. Mr. Henly is a member of the Society of American Foresters. He earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in wildland resource science from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Science degree in forest policy and economics from the University of Minnesota.
CCFA welcomes Mr. Henley and looks forward to discussing our local forest management issues with him.