JACKSON, Wyo. — Bridger-Teton National Forest is in the midst of a temporary leadership change while Supervisor Tricia O’Connor assumes a new role as Deputy Regional Forester in Ogden, UT.
O’Connor will be gone for four months. While she’s away, Derek Ibarguen will take her place as Forest Supervisor. Ibarguen has served as Deputy Forest Supervisor since August 2016, so BTNF Public Affairs Officer says it should be a seamless transition. Ibarguen assumes his new temporary role November 10.
The Forest Supervisor is responsible for running the Bridger-Teton which is the third-largest national Forest in the Continental United States. The Humbolt-Toyiabe is largest in Nevada, followed by the Salmon Challis in Idaho at 3.5 million acres. The Bridger-Teton is third at 3.4 million acres.
It is unknown who will take over in the Deputy Forest Supervisor role while Ibarguen served as Forest Supervisor.
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