Malheur National Forest announces leadership changes

By on Monday, February 6th, 2023 in Eastern/Southeast Oregon News More Top Stories

John Day, Prairie City and Hines-The Malheur National Forest is welcoming new and familiar faces into the Forest’s leadership roles. The Forest congratulates Craig Trulock on his retirement after serving as the Forest Supervisor for the last four years. The agency is working to permanently fill the Forest Supervisor position, and in the interim, has transitioned staff into necessary roles.

Ann Niesen, Malheur National Forest Deputy Forest Supervisor, will be serving as Acting Forest Supervisor. Ann came to the Forest in January 2022. “I am looking forward to strengthening relationships with partners and the community,” said Niesen.

Joshua Giles, Malheur National Forest Emigrant Creek District Ranger, will be serving as Deputy Forest Supervisor. Joshua originally came to the Malheur National Forest in 2009. After a brief period spent in the Southwestern Region, he returned as Emigrant Creek District Ranger in 2019. “I look forward to the additional exposure to the north end of the Forest, while continuing work toward the Forest’s objectives of a healthy forest and thriving community,” said Giles.

Paul Bartschi, Forest Service Supervisory Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist, will be serving as Acting District Ranger on the Emigrant Creek Ranger District.

Sarah Bush, Malheur National Forest Deputy Fire Staff Officer – Fuels, is filling a recent vacancy and serving as Acting District Ranger on the Prairie City Ranger District. Sarah has worked on the Malheur National Forest for 24 years. She was eager for the opportunity to return to Prairie City Ranger District where she previously worked for 15 years, including the first three of her Forest Service career.

Sally Christensen joined the Malheur National Forest as District Ranger on the Blue Mountain Ranger District in July 2022 and continues to serve in that role. 

Nestled in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon, the Malheur National Forest encompasses 1.7 million acres of diverse landscapes. For additional information about the Malheur National Forest, visit