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New Forest Supervisor Picked

Sonora, CA — A Northern California native has been tagged to take over for retiring Stanislaus National Forest Supervisor Susan Skalski.

Jeanne Higgins is currently a Deputy Regional Forester in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Forest Officials say Higgins has served as a Forest Supervisor and District Ranger in several regions, including the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. In addition, she has experience in planning, ecosystems management, timber, and forestry.

As reported in June, Skalski called it quits after six years. Her last day will be September 2. Higgins first day is slated for September 3.

Here is the Forest Service’s list of Higgins’ experience and accomplishments:

Higgins grew up in Northern California. Her first seasonal position was as a Forestry Aid on the Klamath National Forest on the California-Oregon border. She obtained a BS in Forest Resource Management from the University of Idaho in 1988. Upon graduation, she accepted a Forester Trainee position on the Kootenai National Forest in Montana.

In 1992, Higgins moved to Oregon’s Malheur National Forest where she served as an Environmental Coordinator and Staff officer on the Prairie City Ranger District. She returned to the Kootenai National Forest in 1995 and served in the same position on the Three Rivers Ranger District.

Higgins became Richfield District Ranger on the Utah’s Fishlake National Forest in 1999. In 2001, she went to Montana to become the Stevensville District Ranger on the Bitterroot National Forest until moving to Wisconsin in 2005 to serve as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forests. In 2007, Higgins became the Forest Supervisor on the same forest.


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