The US Forest Service will host a public reception at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Thursday, March 20 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. to welcome new Juneau District Ranger Brad Orr.
According to a press release, Orr arrived in Juneau in late February from the Arapaho National Forest in Colorado, where he served as Recreation Program Manager. His district hosted more than one million visitors annually.
“Our challenge is to continue to provide world-class facilities and services to an international clientele during a period of decreasing budgets,” Orr said in the press release.
As Juneau District Ranger, Orr will oversee USDA Forest Service lands in the northern Tongass National Forest used for mining, helicopter skiing, flight seeing, cabins and trails as well as the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. He steps into the ranger position following Marti Marshall, who retired in January.
Orr is married and has two children in college in Colorado. His wife Marilyn lived in Hoonah and Sitka for four years in the 1980s.
“We are delighted to invite the community to meet Brad,” said visitor center director John Neary in the release. “In keeping with the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center’s tradition we will be serving pie to our guests for this event from 5 (p.m. to) 6:30 p.m. on Thursday March 20.”