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Germann hired as Forestry Division Administrator


HELENA, Mont. – Sonya Germann has been hired as Administrator of the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s (DNRC) Forestry Division.

“Following a national search with many highly-qualified candidates, I’m pleased to announce that Sonya will lead our largest division,” said DNRC Director John Tubbs. “She’s highly respected for her inclusive approach to management, her ability to build strong relations with stakeholders, and a talent for finding solutions to difficult issues.”

Sue Clark, who served as Acting Administrator of the division for the past year, has been named Deputy Administrator, Tubbs said.

“Sue stepped forward to lead the Forestry Division through one of the most challenging fire seasons in history,” said Tubbs. “She has been with the Forestry Division for 26 years, and has served as chief of the division’s Business Management Bureau for 22 years. She will continue to develop and lead our Forestry teams and programs on a division-wide basis.”

A native of Ennis, Mont., Germann first went to work for DNRC in 2004 as a part-time staff person in the Forestry Division’s seedling nursery. In 2007, she was hired full-time as a planner in the Trust Lands Division’s Forest Management Bureau. She was promoted to chief of that bureau in 2012.

Germann holds bachelor’s degrees in wildlife biology and liberal studies, both from the University of Montana. She is nearing completion of a master’s degree in resource conservation from the U of M College of Forestry.

“In recent years, Sonya has played an important role in our efforts to implement Good Neighbor Authority projects on U.S. Forest Service lands,” said Tubbs. “She will continue to lead our work on federal partnerships.”

Based in Missoula, the DNRC Forestry Division consists of three major programs: Fire & Aviation Management, Forestry Assistance, and Business Management. Forestry Division employees, including service foresters and fire management personnel, also staff six main regional offices and several smaller unit offices around the state. 

Germann and Clark will start their new positions on April 30, 2018.