John Punches

Regional Administrator - South West Region


John Punches is an Associate Professor in the Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management at Oregon State University. He has been with OSU since 1994 as an Extension Forester and Wood Scientist, and has served in a variety of Extension leadership roles. He now holds a full time administrative role overseeing Extension and Outreach & Engagement programs in Curry, Coos, Douglas and Lane Counties, and serves statewide as a specialist in Extension Service District formation and operational issues. In his spare time, John is an active volunteer and instructor for the Douglas County Search and Rescue and Mountain Rescue units, and teaches cave rescue throughout the United States as a member of the National Cave Rescue Commission.

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