Medford Bureau of Land Management chief retires

MEDFORD — Tim Reuwsaat, manager of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's Medford District for the past seven years, will retire early in June after some 33 years with the agency.

Replacing him will be Dayne Barron, 53, manager of the BLM's Eagle Lake Field Office in Susanville, Calif.

The announcement was made Tuesday afternoon by Ed Shepard, the BLM's state director for Oregon and Washington. Reuwsaat's last day on the job will be June 3.

"I'm very proud to have been associated with the great group of folks who work here in the Medford District," he said. "There have been a lot of challenges, but that's what makes the job fun."

Barron, who worked at BLM's Roseburg District office early in his career, said he looks forward to returning to the region.

"As they say, 'All roads lead back to Oregon,' and I'm really excited to get back there to work with the Medford District staff, community and the resources unique to southwest Oregon," said Barron, who expects to begin his new job in mid-summer.

Barron, who hails from Kansas, worked in the Roseburg District for 10 years. He and his wife, have a 12-year-old son.

"It will be fun getting back there and working with the resources," said Barron. He said he's also looking forward to kayaking on the Rogue River.

Barron, who has worked for the BLM for 20 years, has a bachelor's degree in forest management from the University of Montana and a master's degree in forest management from Colorado State University.

In addition to working as a natural resources specialist in Roseburg and a field manager in Northern California, Barron has worked as a forester, GIS coordinator, forestry specialist and a legislative specialist in Washington, D.C.

"Dayne's work throughout various levels of the bureau has given him extensive background in forestry, resource management planning and wildland fire — all things that make the Medford District tick," said Shepard, who worked in the local district early in his career.

While working in the Roseburg District, Barron developed ways to balance timber production and forest health efforts with ongoing restoration and maintenance of vital riparian habitat, Shepard said.

"Dayne's excellent consultation and communications skills will serve him well in working with stakeholders associated with key Medford District resources and programs, such as the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness," Shepard said.

The 24,100-acre Soda Mountain Wilderness was created by Congress early last spring within the boundaries of the district's Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which covers nearly 54,000 acres in the mountains southeast of Ashland.

The Medford District covers some 866,000 acres of public land scattered between the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges from the California state line to southern Douglas County. Because of its diversity of resources, from forestland to a federally designated Wild and Scenic River (the lower Rogue) the district employs about 220 people, making it the BLM district with the largest staff in the nation.

Reuwsaat said he and his wife, Tina, plan to remain in the area, although they will be doing some traveling.

They also expect to continue to have their popular annual haunted house charity event, known as the Darkwing Manor and Morguetorium Museum, although they may need to find another local place to stage it because of parking limitations at the current site, he said.

"Halloween is in our blood," he said.

Reach reporter Paul Fattig at 776-4496 or e-mail him at pfattig@mailtribune.com.

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