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By Ann Bond
Special to The SUN
Kara Chadwick, assistant director for forest management for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., will report to the San Juan National Forest as its new forest supervisor in April.
Chadwick began her Forest Service career in 1985 working on fire and timber crews in Montana and Idaho for the Kootenai National Forest. From 1988 to 2002, she held timber and fire positions on the Clearwater and Nez Perce national forests in Idaho, and Kaibab National Forest in Arizona. Chadwick also served as ecosystem analysis team leader on the Clearwater National Forest during this time.
From 2004 to 2010, Chadwick served in district ranger positions on the George Washington and Jefferson national forests of Virginia and the Clearwater National Forest. In 2010, she moved to the Forest Service Washington office as a liaison in minerals and geology before being named as the agency’s assistant director for forest management in 2011. Since 2008, she has also been a resource unit leader with the USFS Southern Area Type I Incident Management Team.
“I am excited to get back out to the field to work with agency employees and community partners to get work done on the ground,” Chadwick said. “On the personal side, I am looking forward to all the great outdoor experiences your part of the country has to offer.”
Chadwick holds a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Montana and is a member of the Society of American Foresters.