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Mark Romey

Forestry Pioneer

RomeyMark.jpgMark spent 28 of his 33-year career as a professional Forester in Montana.  After returning from four years of military service he left his home in Buffalo, NY and enrolled in the University of Montana where he earned a B.S. in Forest Management.  While attending UM, Mark worked seasonally as a forestry technician. He was a smokejumper out of the Missoula base for several years before he was converted to a professional Forester at Spotted Bear R.S. Flathead N.F.

Mark had many high points during his career. One, was working as district silviculturist on three districts during the Mountain Pine Beetle infestation. Another high point was becoming the District Fire Management Officer at West Yellowstone, during the big fires of 1988. After the fires Mark represented the Gallatin on the Interagency Fire Restoration Team. He was also a member of the West Yellowstone Volunteer Fire Department.

Mark left Montana to become the Forest Fire Management Officer on the Huron - Manistee N.F. in Michigan. During his tenure there Mark got a real feeling for the importance of collaboration between State Forests, the Forest Service and volunteer fire departments. Mark helped the State instruct Fire Operations in the Wildland/ Urban Interface to over fifty volunteer departments. He was instrumental in helping the state develop the Michigan Interagency Wildland Fire Protection Association (MIWFPA). After five years Mark transferred back to the Kootenai N.F. as the Operations Staff Officer and was responsible for the forest’s timber and fire programs.

Mark brought his interagency experiences with him and became the chair of the Northern Region Coordinating Group (NRCG) Operations Committee for three years. There he worked with the regional Incident Command Teams (ICT’s) and quickly found out how lucky the region was having dedicated and committed Incident Commanders. The operations committee was there to provide direction and further interagency cooperation, communication and coordination.

Mark was appointed to be on a unique three-person Regional Fire Safety Oversight team, unique for the region. The team focused on the ICT teams, helping them where needed, including helping to solve and expedite logistical, political (interagency) hang ups. They were successful in working in the region and were requested by Regions 2 and 3 also.

After Mark’s retirement, he came back several fire seasons to be part of the oversight team. He also became a Fire Risk Assessor for Lincoln County. Mark is a supervisor on the Lincoln Conservation District and member of the Lincoln County Planning Board.

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