”I am very much looking forward to Ken joining us,” said Chuck Mark, Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor. “Ken brings a strong background in natural resource management, as well as skills in working with people.”
Ken is moving to North Fork from his current position on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in northeast Oregon after serving 5 years as the Wallowa Valley District Ranger and Acting Forest Natural Resources Staff Officer. Prior to his arrival on the Wallowa-Whitman in 2008, Ken served as the Forest Fishery Biologist on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota, Acting District Ranger on the Pinedale Ranger District on the Bridger-Teton National Forest, District Fishery Biologist on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest, and a Tribal Natural Resources Program Manager and Great Lakes Fishery Biologist in Michigan.
Ken received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine and a Master of Science Degree in Natural Resources and Fisheries from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has been professionally involved with natural resources management for over 21 years.
Ken’s recent work as a District Ranger and Forest Natural Resources Staff Officer on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest focused on timber, range, and fire management, accelerated landscape restoration, Forest and County collaboratives, threatened and endangered species, aquatic habitat restoration, and OHV management. He worked closely with the Hells Canyon National Recreation Area and Eagle Cap Wilderness District Ranger to manage the entire 1.3 acre Wallowa Mountain Zone on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
“We are thrilled to have this opportunity to move back to Idaho and work on the Salmon-Challis National Forest, ” said Gebhardt, “I’m looking forward to meeting with employees, learning about their resource areas, and supporting their programs.”
Ken’s family, including his wife Ann and their three children, Rachel (13), Andy (11), and Michael (8) are excited about moving to the Salmon area from Enterprise, Oregon. Ken is an avid cyclist, bow hunter, and fisherman. He and his family enjoy camping, hiking, boating, hunting, fishing, and horseback riding. They are actively involved in youth sports, community organizations, and church activities and look forward to continued involvement with these activities in the Salmon area.