Oregon Logging Conference President Jeff Wimer has selected Merv George, Jr., the Forest Supervisor for Six Rivers National Forest in northern California, as keynote speaker at the 79th Annual OLC. The keynote address will be presented on Thursday, February 23rd at 8:30 a.m., in the Wheeler Pavilion at the Lane Events Center and Fairgrounds.

George has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 2008. He has served as Forest Supervisor for more than two years. Prior to his position as Forest Supervisor, he was Actingmerv-george Forest Supervisor in early 2014.

George has served the U.S. Forest Service at both the regional and forest levels. His first assignment was serving the Pacific Southwest Region as the Regional Tribal Relations Program Manager, a position he held from 2008 to 2011.

Prior to joining the Forest Service, George served as the Executive Director of the California Indian Forest and Fire Management Council, and also served as the Administrator for the Klamath River Inter-Tribal Fish & Water Commission.

George was born and raised in Humboldt County, CA, and has been a lifelong resident of the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation and the Eureka, CA areas. George served four years on the Hoopa Valley tribal Council, including two years (1998 and 1999) as Tribal Chairman.

He is a graduate of Humboldt State University and holds a degree in Native American Studies. He has spent over 22 years managing natural resources and in public service.

George and his wife Wendy have four children, and in his spare time he enjoys hunting, boating, cutting firewood, and playing drums in his father’s rock band.