Jack Lavin, influential forester and conservationist, dies

November 15, 2013 

Jack Lavin, who served as supervisor for five national forests before he retired, and then continued to work for conservation and the Boise community, died Wednesday.

Lavin ended his career on the Boise National Forest in the early 1990s and embarked on an ambitious effort to support wildlife, forest health and, most of all, collaboration between the people who work on the land and those who love it.

He worked with state and federal agencies on the Watchable Wildlife program in the 1990s. More recently he was a key player in the Idaho Forest Restoration Partnership.

“The man personified public service and Forest Service at its best,” said John Freemuth, a Boise State political science professor.

In a letter to staff, Boise National Forest Supervisor Cecilia Seesholtz said Lavin “made a huge impact on the Forest Service while he was an employee and continued with that influence even in his retirement.”

A memorial service is set for Dec. 14 at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise, Seesholtz said.

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