JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Bridger-Teton National Forest announced today that Dale Deiter has accepted a forest supervisor position for the Prescott National Forest in Arizona. He will report there January 8, 2018.
Deiter, who has served as district ranger on the Jackson District of the Bridger-Teton since 2007, called the departure “bittersweet.”
“It’s tough to find the words,” he admitted. “I’m leaving a place I love to go to a place I love. This is one of the most enjoyable places I’ve every worked in. The community here has always been very supportive and so passionate about their public lands. And I’ve worked with some very skilled employees here.”
Deiter came to the Bridger-Teton from the Fishlake National Forest in Utah, where he was the travel management plan team leader for several years. Deiter’s training is in hydrology and he served as the forest hydrologist on the Fishlake and the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. Deiter also worked as a pre-sale forester on the Idaho Panhandle earlier in his career.
For Deiter, it’s a return home to Arizona—a place he’s missed. He said nothing in particular was driving him out of the Jackson area other than an eye on retirement. “The need to save for retirement, that kind of thing, was one factor in the decision,” Deiter said. “It’s difficult to put money away here.”
Deiter was in the middle of a NEPA process with Snow King ski expansion plans, among other things. He was always busy, that’s for sure. The Jackson District includes 400,157 acres of forest land and 287,035 acres of wilderness area. Additionally, Deiter assisted in managing more than 680-miles of trail and 320 special use permits on the district.
BTNF public affairs officer Mary Cernicek said business on the Bridger-Teton will continue as usual while the Forest Service finds a replacement for Deiter.
“We are going to miss Dale tremendously, but couldn’t be happier for this move for both him and his family,” Cernicek said. “The Prescott National Forest is getting an incredible leader, a good thinker, and a stalwart steward of public land.”