Barbara Breshock Named Assistant State Forester - Bob Radspinner Set to Retire Mid-August

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Barbara Breshock Named Assistant State Forester - Bob Radspinner Set to Retire Mid-August

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State Forester Randy Dye announced longtime Division of Forestry (DOF) employee Barbara Breshock has been promoted to the position of assistant state forester of forest management and stewardship effective immediately.

“Barb has more than proven her abilities over the past decade and a half as the Division of Forestry’s state lands manager,” Dye said. “I am confident she will succeed with her new duties heading up the forest management and stewardship program.”

Breshock is a 36-year employee of the DOF and has been with the agency since graduating from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in forest management.

Throughout her career, Breshock has served as forest products utilization forester in Elkins and Kingwood; service forester with fire control duties in the Northern Panhandle; and state lands forester in the southeastern portion of the state. Since 1999, Breshock has overseen all forestry-related activities on the seven state forests managed by the DOF: Cabwaylingo, Calvin Price, Camp Creek, Coopers Rock, Greenbrier, Kumbrabow and Seneca. She helped develop the Guidelines for Managing State Forests and has overseen the updating of forest inventories and management plans for the state forests.

Breshock has worked with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) on conservation measures for the northern flying squirrel and continues to work on the red spruce restoration initiative. She serves on the Governing Board for the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area, is the DOF’s representative for the Hemlock Conservation and Invasive Species working groups, and, since 2003, has been an instructor for the DNR’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.

Breshock is filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Bob Radspinner in mid-August 2015. Radspinner joined the DOF in 2010 after a career in the private forest industry working for Plum Creek Timber Company and Georgia-Pacific. He grew up in Cabell County and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in forestry and wildlife management from Virginia Tech.

“During the past five years I have had the opportunity to work with some very talented and dedicated people: DOF staff, agency partners, private-sector foresters and non-governmental organizations,” Radspinner said. “Together we have been able to improve services to private landowners in West Virginia.”

Radspinner counts among his accomplishments streamlining the process and shortening the time for landowners to receive forest stewardship plans and increasing the overall number of forest stewardship plans in West Virginia. He also created e-files to supplement hard copy records of forest stewardship plans and related documents and utilized a technology grant from the United States Forest Service to obtain laptops, software and data collectors for the DOF’s landowner assistance foresters. A longtime Scouter himself, Radspinner led the agency’s efforts on the “Conservation Trail” during the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve. Radspinner also worked on legislative rule changes pertaining to the harvesting of ginseng.

“Bob has done more than an excellent job of guiding his program area to a higher standard of quality,” Dye said. “His talents will be missed in many ways.”

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Photo courtesy Office of the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin (see attached photo): Barbara Breshock has been promoted to assistant state forester of forest management and stewardship. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin recognized Breshock earlier this year for being employed by the state for more than 35 years.

News Release: June 17, 2015                

Contact:  Leslie Smithson, Public Information Specialist, 304-957-9342, Leslie.C.Smithson@wv.gov