Acting San Juan National Forest Supervisor appointed

and Ann Bond
Special to The SUN

Ron Archuleta, who is currently the Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest and Pawnee National Grassland in Fort Collins, has been named acting San Juan National Forest Supervisor.

Archuleta will report to the San Juan Public Lands Center on Monday, Dec. 16, and serve as San Juan National Forest Supervisor for the next four months.

The San Juan National Forest was in need of an interum Forest Supervisor after the retirement of former Forest Supervisor Mark Stiles on Dec. 2. Stiles acted as the San Juan National Forest Supervisor for 11 years, beginning in 2002. Upon retirement, Stiles had worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management for a combined 32 years.

During his tenure as Forest Supervisor, Stiles and other forest service officials changed their approach to managing wildfires, choosing to supress the fires more strategically, rather than on a grand scale from all fronts.

The search for Stiles’ permanent replacement will begin regionally, and Archuleta has been named acting Forest Supervisor until a replacement is found.

Over his 32-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, Archuleta has worked on seven national forests and two national grasslands.  Prior to his current position on the Arapaho-Roosevelt, he was District Ranger for the Yellowstone Ranger District of the Gallatin National Forest for eight years.  He also served for two years as the U.S. Forest Service National Assistant Wildlife Program Manager in Washington D.C.

Archuleta started his Forest Service career on the San Juan National Forest in 1981 as a Wildlife Biologist working for the former Mancos Ranger District, which is now part of the Dolores Ranger District.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University and was born and raised in Mancos, where his parents still reside.

Archuleta and wife, Elizabeth Crowe, have a son, Perry, 6. They enjoy many outdoor activities, including skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking and biking.

“I grew up in this area, and it has always had a special place in my heart,” Archuleta said.  “As acting San Juan National Forest Supervisor, I am really looking forward to working with the people, communities and partners until a new permanent Forest Supervisor is selected.”

This story was posted on December 12, 2013.