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Kent Connaughton  

Regional Forester of the USFS Pacific Northwest Region

Kent Connaughton is the Regional Forester of the USFS Pacific Northwest Region where he oversees 16 national forests, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, and the Crooked River National Grassland. Connaughton began his career at the Pacific Northwest Research Station as a forest economics researcher. During his 30-year career in the US Forest Service, he has had assignments as Forest Supervisor on the Lassen National Forest in California and Deputy Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region. Prior to being named Regional Forester for the Eastern Region in November of 2007, he served as Associate Deputy Chief for State & Private Forestry in Washington, DC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Forestry degree from Oregon State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a SAF Fellow.


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