BTNF brings on new Deputy Forest Supervisor

JACKSON, Wyo. — Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor of the Bridger-Teton National Forest, announces the arrival of the new Deputy Forest Supervisor, Kevin Khung, who has begun work in Jackson, WY.

The Deputy Forest Supervisor position was vacated in August, 2020 when Derek Ibarguen was promoted to Forest Supervisor on the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire. “I am very pleased to welcome Kevin to the Bridger-Teton National Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor. “Kevin is a proven leader who welcomes new and diverse perspectives, and has dedicated his career to public service,” she said.

Khung comes to the Bridger-Teton with 29-years of Forest Service experience. His previous assignment was 14-years as District Ranger on the San Juan National Forest near Durango, Colorado. Kevin received his Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from Kansas State University and has lived in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. Khung’s family will join him in Jackson, Wyoming at the end of the school year.

Khung is originally from Massachusetts but has spent his Forest Service career out west. “I certainly feel at home in and around the Rocky Mountains and enjoy spending my time outdoors and using our public lands for a variety of my recreation activities,” Khung said. “My favorite recreational pursuit is mountain biking and I am looking forward to exploring the trails this winter trying out some of the fat biking opportunities in the area.”

Trained as a Landscape Architect, Khung has worked in Wyoming before as the Recreation and Lands staff officer on the Bighorn National Forest.

“I am tremendously honored to serve the public and employees as the Bridger-Teton National Forest’s new Deputy Forest Supervisor,” said Khung. “I look forward to engaging with our partners, local businesses, and surrounding communities as we embrace caring for the land and serving people together. The Bridger-Teton is an incredibly special place in this Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and my family and I are excited about the opportunity to be able to settle in here and be a part of this welcoming community.”

Tricia O’Connor has spent the last 4-months working as the Acting Regional Forester for Colorado and most of Wyoming. She will return to her permanent position as Forest Supervisor on the Bridger-Teton National Forest on January 25, 2021.

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