Zone 5 of the Forest Service Hispanic Employee Association

Pacific Southwest Region (Region 5)

Local chapters, or Zones in the Forest Service Hispanic Employee Association (FSHEA) consist of four officers and a representative to the National Council. Officers consist of a Chair, Co-chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.

Current Events

Employee Honored as Hispanic Heritage Hero

Jim Oftedal, Director of the Forest Service Central California Consortium for 13 years, is being honored by the Fresno Valley Public Television station as a Local Hero of the Year for his contributions to the community. Valley Public Television said of Oftedal, "Through Oftedal's creativity, commitment and dedication, his students are transitioning from picking produce in the field to picking colleges and careers with the Forest Service."

Oftedal helped create a national youth conference sponsored by the Hispanic College Fund in Washington, D.C. and was instrumental in bringing the symposium to Fresno. A video with an interview is featured on the local station website throughout September and October.

Central California Consortium is an environmental education program serving rural communities and teaching natural resources to K-12 students. The program has established Hispanic and Asian components.

Actions and Accomplishments

FSHEA is poised to become an instrument in the remedial measures implemented in Region 5 as components of the Region 5 Hispanic Class Action Settlement Agreement. FSHEA recommends that these measures be implemented throughout the Forest Service to address Hispanic under-representation in the agency.


Zone 5 Officers
Representative Joe Reyes, Fire Management Specialist
Sierra National Forest, SO
1600 Tollhouse Road
Clovis, CA 93611-0532
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