John Bowers has been selected as the deputy district ranger for the Barlow and Hood River Ranger Districts on the Mt. Hood National Forest. He will help manage the eastern side of Mt. Hood as the Forest expands its wildfire risk reduction work on national forest lands. Bowers joins the Forest on May 8 and will be based in Parkdale. Bowers has a Master of Science degree from the University of Tennessee in forestry with an emphasis in silviculture. He worked as a research assistant for forest ecology and silviculture projects across the South. Most recently Bowers served as acting deputy district ranger on the Carson Ranger District of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada.