“I recognize the importance of the recreational opportunities and natural resources within the Salida Ranger District,” Jim said. “The level of interest from volunteers and partners will continue to strengthen our relationships with the public and their tie to our public lands.”
Throughout his career Jim has worked extensively with broad-based partnerships, Tribal and state governments, as well as diverse collaborative partnerships in New Mexico and Arizona. These work experiences bring a strong foundation and unique background into this position.
Jim was most recently detailed as the Acting Forest Supervisor for the Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands to manage significant leadership and management transitions. Prior to that, he served as the District Ranger in Saguache on the Rio Grande National Forest. Since 2012, he was responsible for the daily operations of the District. He has also held the positon of a silviculturist on the Apache/Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Jim originally joined the U.S. Forest Service a seasonal fire engine crew member and foreman, then in 2005 hired on full time as the assistant fire management officer in Ruidoso, New Mexico.
Born and raised in Flagstaff, Arizona, Jim received his B.S. degree in Forestry in 1998 from Northern Arizona University’s School of Forestry. In 2009 he earned his Master’s Degree in Natural Resource Management from Utah State University. Jim and his wife Molly have two sons and reside in Salida, Colorado.
Hours of operations for the Salida Ranger District are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, please contact us at 719-539-3591.
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