Rachel’s career with the Forest Service began as a temporary seasonal employee and has spanned twenty-eight years. Her first job was as a GS-2 biological aid on the Desert Range Experimental Station in Utah. During and after college at the University of Nebraska where she received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources, she worked as both a range and biological (wildlife) technician on the Manti-LaSal, Lewis and Clark, and Gallatin National Forests (now the Custer Gallatin).
After a permanent appointment in 1990, she worked as a biological (wildlife technician) on the Gallatin and both a range management specialist and wildlife biologist on the Helena National Forest. Since her arrival to Livingston in 2003, Feigley has served as a program manager for timber/watershed/range/weeds, and wildlife biologist. Her area of responsibility has evolved to a Zone wildlife biologist position as District and Forest consolidations have taken place.
She is married to Pete Feigley, and both enjoy hiking, skiing, birding, camping, hunting, canoeing and kayaking. They both also play in a bluegrass band.
Rachel was born in Missoula and has strong connections to Montana.
“My family vacationed in the Seeley/ Swan area for many years, loading up the old Mercury station wagon to travel from Nebraska where I grew up,” she said. “I have many fond memories of spending time in this truly outstanding landscape. It is a dream come true to be selected as District Ranger!”
Rachel said she is not only excited to be the next Seeley Lake District Ranger, but also eager to share and promote the vision of the Lolo National Forest and lead the Seeley Lake Ranger District team.
“I have a great passion for public lands. I believe in providing opportunities for dialogue, and having diverse voices at the table to resolve complex and controversial issues as we meet public demands for all resources.”