Environmental reporter Josephine Marcotty writes about our place in nature through her coverage of the outdoors, wildlife, pollution and sustainability.

Tree top changes at Superior

Posted by: Josephine Marcotty Updated: April 18, 2012 - 5:56 PM

The National Forest service changed out the top ranks at the Superior National Forest. Here is the press release:

 

The next few months will bring a series of changes in four key leadership positions on the Superior National Forest in northeast Minnesota. 

 Outbound…We will soon bid a fond adieu to Mark Van Every, District Ranger on the Kawishiwi Ranger District, and to Tim Sexton, District Ranger on the LaCroix Ranger District.  Mark Van Every will move on to become Forest Supervisor of the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas.  Tim will leave the Superior to become Director of the Wildland Fire Research Development and Applications Program at the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Boise, Idaho.   We will miss Mark’s and Tim’s skills and leadership and wish them both the very best in their new ventures.
 
Inbound…The Superior National Forest is pleased to announce that Brenda Halter will join the Forest leadership team as Forest Supervisor, effective May 20.  Halter brings a wealth of experience acquired over her 18 years with the U.S. Forest Service working as a hydrologist and forest planner.  She has a Master’s degree in biology and was a member of the joint Forest Plan Revision team for the Chippewa and Superior National Forests while working on the Chippewa National Forest. 
 
Halter most recently led the development of a new Final Planning Rule for America’s 193-million acre National Forest System that includes stronger protections for forests, water, and wildlife while supporting the economic vitality of rural communities. Forest Supervisors use these procedures to develop land management plans that set forth specific desired conditions and guidance to achieve forest health and resilience, species and habitat protection, contributions to sustainable communities, and recreational opportunities and other multiple uses.
 
“I have spent many years working with the people and resources of Minnesota.  I am delighted to return to family, friends and the lakes, wetlands and forests of this beautiful State” said Halter.  “I have a deep and abiding commitment to public lands and look forward to working with our forest employees, our state and local partners, and the community to care for the Superior National Forest.”
 
Halter is married with four children and six, soon to be seven, grandchildren; many of whom still live in Minnesota.  Her husband, Al Williamson, also works for the Forest Service as the Assistant National Wildlife Program Leader. 
 
More changes…Since the retirement in January of former Forest Supervisor, Jim Sanders, Tim Dabney has been Acting Forest Supervisor.  When Halter arrives in May, Tim will resume his responsibilities as Deputy Forest Supervisor.

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