New supervising ranger a real people person

Sean C. Morgan

U.S. Forest Service District Ranger Cindy Glick is in Sweet Home and “lovin’ it.”

She went to work here April 18, she said last week. “It’s a beautiful place. The weather is to die for, yesterday and today.”

She started her career on the west side of the Cascades, she said, and she’s eager to grow a garden again after spending the last 19 years in Sisters.

She grew up in Toledo, Ohio, and then enrolled at Oregon State University in forestry, ignoring Gov. Tom McCall’s invitation to visit Oregon and then leave.

“I had traveled out here when Tom McCall was governor,” she said. He said don’t stay, just visit.

He was governor from 1967 to 1975 and is well-known, among other things, for that comment, which he made on CBS News in 1971.

Among his other accomplishments, he helped clean up the Willamette River, set aside public beaches and pass the bottle bill.

That resonated with Glick, she said, and she loved Oregon.

During school, she planted trees at Mac Forest at OSU, she said. “That hooked me on forestry and working in the woods.”

She met her husband, Dave Glick, while he worked at the Children’s Farm Home in Corvallis.

Her first job was in summer camps, and then she worked for Oregon’s parks service. From there, she joined the U.S. Forest Service and lived in Alsea near the Siuslaw National Forest for 14 years. She later transferred to the Deschutes National Forest, living in Sisters for 19 years.

Most recently, Glick served as an acting district ranger on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Washington and then on the John Day Ranger District on the Malheur National Forest just prior to taking the position in Sweet Home.

“I’m a people person,” Glick said. “I love helping people solve problems. The district ranger – that’s what you do. It’s actually working with people to care for the land, so it’s a perfect job.”

She enjoys the variety that comes with the territory. She looks forward to learning new things. When she went to John Day, she had no background in range issues, for example. Here she’ll get experience with mining claims.

“I’m a forester, so I’m glad to be back on this side,” Glick said. “I’m trying to get to know people and getting to know the district forest.”

After that, she plans to reach out, she said. “I’m very much a supporter of collaboration. I’m really looking forward to getting involved in the community.”

She’s enjoying Sweet Home so far, Glick said. “I think it’s a beautiful little town that has a long road through it. I’ve been trying out all the restaurants and meeting all the people.”

Compared to John Day, Sweet Home is a big town, she said. Grant County as a whole has only 6,500 people.

The people have been friendly and welcoming in Sweet Home, she said.

Glick is not a complete stranger to Sweet Home. She raised two children in Sisters, and they traveled to Sweet Home frequently to compete in swimming, track and basketball.

She has already worked with Sweet Home and Linn County forest products firms, such as Melcher Logging and T2.

Glick is impressed by the work the Sweet Home Active Revitalization Effort is doing and supports efforts to create sustainable jobs. She also is concerned about education, children and school issues.

“The (ranger) district here does an incredible environmental education program, with the heritage hikes and stewardship programs,” she said. The School District also is involved in forestry, with the high school Forestry Club and Watershed Councils.

“This town has really good stuff going on,” Glick said.