Jerry Krueger was the Interim Director for the Northwest Climate Hub reporting to Corvallis 4 April - 27 July 2018 for a 120-day detail. Dr. Jerry Krueger filled the Director role, following in the vacancy left by Bea Van Horne who retired at the end of 2017.
Jerry Krueger is the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the 1.2 million acre Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. Dr. Krueger helps lead 400 permanent and temporary employees in managing our public lands to deliver important commodities and services.
Dr. Krueger has more than 30 years of experience in natural resource management. Prior to joining the Black Hills NF leadership team, he served as Planning Staff Officer on the Bitterroot National Forest in western Montana. He has also served as Science Coordinator for the Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks in south Florida, leading the Critical Ecosystem Studies Initiative science program in support of the Everglades ecosystem restoration effort.
Jerry served 20 years in the US Air Force, working on a wide range of natural resource management initiatives on DoD lands, conducting research, and serving on the faculty at the US Air Force Academy. Jerry has also been an Associate Professor at South Dakota State University and an adjunct for the University of Montana – Bitterroot College.
A native South Dakotan, Jerry was raised in Rapid City. Dr. Krueger completed his PhD in Silviculture at the University of Minnesota, a Masters in Science – in Forestry from the University of Michigan and his undergraduate degree in Forest Resource Management from the University of Minnesota.