Mr. West's life has been dedicated to forestry and the outdoors. Born in England, he immigrated to the US via Canada in 1952. He was a research scientist, studying the influence of forests on snow on Donner Summit. He was the Ojai District Ranger, Los Padres Forest Supervisor, and moved up the ladder to Washington DC, where he held several postions including National Director of Fire and Aviation, and Deputy Chief US Forest Service. Since his retirement he has volunteered on advisory counsels and board of directors of the International Society of Arborculturists, is the president of the Tree Fund, chairman of the Watershed Fire Council of Southern California, and serves on many local organizations, including the Rotary Club of Ojai, where he is a Past-President.