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JUNEAU - U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced Thursday the appointment of Ruth Monahan as acting regional forester in Alaska.
Denny Bschor, who has served as Alaska regional forester for eight years, retires Monday.
Monahan currently serves as the Alaska region director for recreation, lands and minerals.
Monahan began her Forest Service career as a student trainee in 1980. From 1982 to 1990, she worked in timber management, recreation, fire management and forest planning on national forests in Washington and Idaho.
She served as district ranger on the Payette National Forest from 1990 until 1992, when she became wilderness and wild and scenic rivers specialist for the Intermountain Region. In 1996, she became the district ranger on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Monahan also served as acting deputy forest supervisor for the National Forests and Grasslands of Texas, and as acting regional director for recreation, wilderness and heritage for the Intermountain Region.
Monahan became supervisor of the Sawtooth National Forest in 2002 and assumed her current position in 2006. She holds a bachelor of science degree in forest management from Washington State University.