Temporary leadership shuffle at BTNF

JACKSON, Wyo. — The Bridger-Teton National Forest will play a bit of personnel shuffle over the next few months as forest leadership moves in and out of positions in the Jackson area.

District Ranger Mary Moore is leaving February 10 for an assignment in California. While she’s gone, longtime Pinedale District Ranger Rob Hoelscher will fill her shoes.

Hoelscher’s background is as a wildlife biologist. He joined BTNF in Sublette County as Big Piney’s district ranger in 2013. He was later promoted to the Pinedale Ranger District where he led various lands projects, noxious weed treatments, minerals permitting, fish and wildlife projects, and more. He has also been responsible for management in the popular Wind River Range.

Hoelscher will serve as the acting Jackson District Ranger beginning February 18 until mid-May. The Bridger-Teton is actively recruiting a District Ranger to fill his place in Pinedale while he serves the people of Teton County.

“We are excited to welcome Rob as the acting Jackson District Ranger and we think he will be a welcome addition to the management for this central piece of the 3.4 million-acre Forest,” said Public Affairs Officer Mary Cernicek.

Tricia O’Connor will return to the Bridger-Teton March 9 and resume her role as the Forest Supervisor. O’Connor has been serving as the acting Deputy Regional Forester in Ogden, UT for the past several months. When she returns to the Bridger- Teton she will resume her duties of overseeing the six Ranger Districts on the Bridger-Teton.

O’Connor manages the Forest from the Supervisor’s Office in downtown Jackson. She will again be responsible for assuring consistency in implementing the Forest Land Management Plan across all resources, coordinating activities between districts, allocating the budget, and providing staff for technical and specialized expertise as needed to the Ranger districts. In O’Connor’s absence, Deputy Forest Supervisor Derek Ibarguen has been in charge of the Forest. He will return to his Deputy position upon O’Connor’s return.

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