SPARKS, Nevada…Bill Dunkelberger, Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor, announced today that Jeff Ulrich has been selected as the new Bridgeport District Ranger. Ulrich replaces Mike Crawley, who retired last week after over 37 years with the Forest Service.
Brian White will be the Acting Bridgeport District Ranger until Ulrich reports in mid-November. Ulrich has served as the Santa Rosa District Ranger since 2009; this district is also on the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and is located near Winnemucca, Nevada.
“Jeff has done an outstanding job serving the communities around Winnemucca and our forest visitors,” said Dunkelberger. “I know that he will be missed; a new Santa Rosa District Ranger will be named soon,” stated Dunkelberger.
Ulrich said that he has had many work experiences throughout his 36-year Forest Service career that has given him expertise in most areas of National Forest management. “I’m really looking forward to working with Bridgeport employees, local communities and partners to care for this special landscape in the Eastern Sierra and western Nevada,” said Ulrich.
From 2006 through 2009, he held a variety of short assignments, including one on the National Transformation Team, as Region 2 Ditch Bill Coordinator, as Deputy District Ranger for the South Fork and Trinity River Management Units of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, and as South Park District Ranger for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron-Comanche National Grasslands.
In 2002, he became the Planner and Interdisciplinary Team Leader for the Black Hills National Forest, where he and the team successfully completed a complex Forest Plan Amendment.
His wife, Gwen Ernst-Ulrich, also works for the U.S. Forest Service as a virtual Communications Specialist. They have six children and six grandchildren. Jeff’s hobbies include biking, strength training, woodworking, and house mending. He also enjoys photography and snorkeling, especially when visiting Hawaii, his favorite vacation destination.
White, who arrived this week from Colorado, is the Recreation and Wilderness Staff Officer for the San Juan National Forest in Durango. “I had the privilege of growing up in Northern California and learning about the Eastern Sierra and Great Basin during my studies at Chico State,” said White. “I am looking forward to reacquainting myself with these extraordinary areas, as well as getting to know and assist the staff on the Bridgeport Ranger District,” said White.
He is an avid outdoor recreationist, and enjoys backpacking, climbing, skiing, hiking, and mountain biking.