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First black forest supervisor for U.S. Forest Service to tell her story

Gloria Brown was the first African American woman to be named as a forest supervisor for the U.S. Forest Service.

In a new book called “Black Woman in Green: Gloria Brown and the Unmarked Trail to Forest Service Leadership,” Brown and Donna Sinclair, adjunct history professor at Washington State University Vancouver, have traced the story of Brown’s unfolding career against the backdrop of racism and societal changes. The book is a compelling personal saga as well as a study of the ways that black Americans have taken on professional roles in the fields of environmental policy and public lands management.

A free, online presentation about the book, featuring Brown and Sinclair, is set for 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The event will be via Zoom video link, and the Zoom meeting number is 467 607 462. Or, just try clicking this web address:


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