Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton announced that Deputy Regional Forester Rebecca (Becky) Nourse will report on July 28, replacing Ruth Monahan who retired in early May after a 35-year career with the U.S. Forest Service, according to a release from the agency.
Nourse comes to Alaska from the U.S. Forest Service’s Intermountain Region, and is currently based in Idaho as the Forest Supervisor for the Sawtooth National Forest in Twin Falls.
Nourse is currently serving as Acting Deputy Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region in Ogden, Utah. As the Sawtooth Forest Supervisor in south-central Idaho and Utah, she oversaw three ranger districts and the Sawtooth National Recreation Area for three and a half years, managing a full suite of programs including administrative functions, range, recreation, fire, fish and wildlife, with a strong restoration focus for all activities. Previously, she was the Acting Forest Supervisor on the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Sparks, Nevada, where she managed nine ranger districts and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Her career in Alaska is varied; she served as Acting Deputy Regional Forester (2010), where she led an interagency effort to develop the Transition Framework to promote sustainable economic development in Southeast Alaska communities; Legislative Liaison for Alaska in Washington, DC (2008-2010); Acting Director of Recreation, Lands and Minerals (2005); Deputy Forest Supervisor, Tongass National Forest (2008-2010) implementing the Tongass Land Management Plan, workforce reorganization, and public policy issues; Acting Forest Supervisor, Chugach National Forest (2003-2004); and District Ranger for the Cordova Ranger District and Acting District Ranger for the Seward Ranger District on the Chugach National Forest.
“I’m very excited to be coming back to the Alaska Region and taking on the responsibilities as the Deputy Regional Forester,” Nourse said. “I welcome the numerous challenges and opportunities to serve the communities in Alaska. In particular, I’m looking forward to reconnecting with employees, Alaska Native Tribes and organizations, partners and those who love living and working in Alaska.”