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New deputy forester

Jerome E. Perez has been selected as the deputy regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Region.

"Jerry brings a wealth of experience accumulated from assignments at every organizational level of the outfit and from five regions," Regional Forester Harv Forsgren said in a prepared statement. "He has a demonstrated track record that evidences a strong land ethic, a passion for public service and a commitment to providing a safe and rewarding environment for employees."

Perez will work under Forsgren. He will assist in management of the region which consists of 12 national forests in Utah, Nevada, southern Idaho and western Wyoming.

Perez is currently forest supervisor at the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky.

"It’s an honor to be selected as the deputy for the Intermountain Region. My wife and I are looking forward to moving to Utah," Perez said in a prepared statement. "I’m eager to get to know the region better and help manage the public lands in these beautiful forests."

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Before the hiring of Perez, the Intermountain Region consisted of two deputies, but the positions were recently combined.

Perez replaces Mary Wagner, who will become a regional forester in Oregon, and Cathy Beaty, who retired.

October: National Community Planning Month

October was National Community Planning Month, which the American Planning Association recognizes as a way to highlight the role of planners in communities.

"Green communities" was this year’s theme and Summit County stated accomplishments in the area of sustainability in a press release this week:

Development codes are being considered that include provisions for renewable energy like wind and solar, housing affordability and recycling and water conservation.

A task force in the county is focused on recycling at government facilities.

County officials in the past five years have constructed safe pedestrian pathways in tandem with road improvements.

Christmas tree permits

Christmas tree permits will be sold Nov. 7 and 8 from 8 to 11 a.m. at the lodge at Soldier Hollow, a press release for the U.S. Forest Service states. One-thousand permits are available each day.

Permits are for personal use only and will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis.

Any permits left over will be available beginning Nov. 10 at the Heber-Kamas Ranger District office at 2460 S. U.S. 40 in Heber.

Only sub-alpine fir trees 20 feet tall or shorter can be removed, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Loyal Clark said.

Trees must be tagged before they are removed from the area.

The Soldier Hollow lodge is located in Midway at 2002 Soldier Hollow Drive. More information about harvesting Christmas trees can be obtained by calling (435) 654-0470.

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