“I’m very impressed with the employees on the Salida District. They are knowledgeable and have a positive approach to getting work done. I want to continue to build on what is happening on the District. Salida is a very friendly and welcoming place and I look forward to learning about the District and the communities in the Valley,” said Sando.
In his permanent position, Sando manages range and watershed issues on the Lincoln National Forest, Guadalupe Ranger District. In addition, he has held positions on the Cibola National Forest in New Mexico and Kaibab National Forest in Arizona.
Before coming to the USFS, Sando served in the United States Air Force from 1982-1987 as a structural and aircraft firefighter with duty stations in Texas, Illinois, California and Belgium. He attended the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and in 2008 returned to school and received a Bachelor’s degree in Range Science at New Mexico State University.
Sando was raised on the Jemez Pueblo, which is part of the Jemez Reservation located west of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Growing up, he participated in ranch and agricultural practices that are a part of everyday life on the Reservation.