As Forest Supervisor for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, Dunkelberger will have the responsibility for managing 6.3 million acres in Nevada and eastern California.
“I am pleased to have Bill come to the Intermountain Region as the Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor,” said Forsgren. “He brings a strong background in resource management, and extensive experience in building relationships between the Forest Service, other federal land management agencies, and communities dependent upon the National Forests. Bill’s experience gives him invaluable first-hand knowledge of the complexities of blending natural resource management with the demands of people who use these areas.”
The Humboldt-Toiyabe's spectacular 6.3 million acres makes it the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states. Located in Nevada and a portion of eastern California, the Forest offers year-round recreational opportunities of all types.
Dunkelberger comes to the Forest Service from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado State Office, where he was the Cooperative Landscape Conservation Coordinator, overseeing eco-regional assessments, healthy landscape initiatives, and climate change response. Prior to that, he served as the Deputy Forest Supervisor and Associate BLM Manager for the San Juan National Forest/San Juan BLM Center under Service First in southwest Colorado for three years.
Dunkelberger began his career with the Forest Service in 1980 as the Lead Wilderness Ranger on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. He continued his work in recreation and wilderness on the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado. He also served as the Arapaho National Recreation Area Manager on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.
Dunkelberger is no stranger to Humboldt-Toiyabe country. In 2002, he became the Field Manager for the BLM Bishop Field Office with land management responsibilities in California’s eastern Sierra and coordination with adjacent Nevada jurisdictions and stakeholders. In that role, he emphasized conservation partnerships, collaboration, citizen-centered stewardship, and interagency coordination. Following that position, he returned to Colorado as the Associate Center Manager/Deputy Forest Supervisor for the San Juan Public Lands Center.
“I’m thrilled to have been selected,” said Dunkelberger. “I look forward to engaging with employees, communities, and stakeholders and working together to sustain the amazing resources and services that the Forest provides,” he said.
Dunkelberger, an outdoor enthusiast, enjoys such activities as hiking, mountain biking, skiing, hunting, and fishing. His wife, Deborah, of 18 years and teenage son will join him in the spring.
Dunkelberger replaces Jeanne Higgins, who left the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest to assume responsibilities as Deputy Regional Forester for the Southwest Region of the Forest Service, headquartered in Albuquerque, New Mexico.