Ron Schlader will fill the Dubois District Ranger position in Dubois, Idaho. Schlader comes to the Caribou-Targhee from the Lolo National Forest in Montana where he has been a Realty Specialist since 2003. Schlader is a native of Idaho, graduated from high school at Kamiah, ID and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from the University of Idaho in 1975 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology/Archaeology from the University of Montana in 2005.
He began his Forest Service career as an engineering technician on the Pierce Ranger District, Clearwater National Forest. He transferred to the Lolo National Forest at Superior, Montana in 1983 where he has been for the last 30 years.
As a realty specialist, he managed the lands program for the three west side districts on the Lolo N.F. This included administration of over 160 special use permits and communication leases, land acquisitions and extensive collaboration and coordination with local, state and federal agencies.
He has had acting District Ranger assignments in Region 1 on the Superior Ranger District, Lolo N.F. in 2007, Admiralty Island National Monument on the Tongass N.F. in Region 10 in 2009 and in Region 2 on the Nebraska N.F. at the Bessie Ranger District.
“I look forward to this opportunity and hope that my diverse background will help contribute to the good work that the Dubois Ranger District and the Caribou/Targhee National Forest is doing,“ stated Schlader, “My past assignments provided me with unique management opportunities and local issues experience that will help me be an effective land steward at Dubois.”
He has a wide range of experience with the Forest Service in addition to his lands background, including construction engineering, fire suppression and management, watershed restoration, vegetative management, mining restoration, grazing, travel management and outfitter/guides.
He is married and has two grown sons and two granddaughters. Schlader will report to Dubois on April 8, 2013.