Colorado official confirmed to oversee forests |

Colorado official confirmed to oversee forests

DENVER – The Senate has confirmed Colorado Department of Natural Resources Executive Director Harris Sherman as the new agriculture undersecretary in charge of the U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Department of Agriculture spokesman Caleb Weaver confirmed Friday that Sherman was confirmed as undersecretary for natural resources and the environment last week. No date was immediately set for Sherman to be sworn in.

In Colorado, Sherman has overseen state efforts to develop a plan for managing roadless areas in national forests. He was nominated for the undersecretary position after Mississippi state conservationist Homer Lee Wilkes withdrew his nomination in June. The White House said then that it was for personal reasons.

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