White River forest supervisor gets new post | AspenTimes.com

White River forest supervisor gets new post

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
Maribeth Gustafson

DENVER ” White River National Forest Supervisor Maribeth Gustafson has been named a deputy regional forester for the Rocky Mountain region of the U.S. Forest Service.

She will take one of the second-in-command positions at the regional headquarters in Golden, Colo.

As supervisor of the 2.3-million acre White River National Forest, headquartered in Glenwood Springs, Gustafson was responsible for one of the most popular national forests in the nation. She came to the post in April 2005, replacing Martha Ketelle, who was promoted to the Forest Service National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 2004.

At the White River, Gustafson oversaw management of a forest that stretches from Aspen to Meeker and from the Rifle area to the Summit County line. The White River – which includes major ski areas such as Aspen, Snowmass, Beaver Creek and Vail – has the highest recreation use of any forest in the country.

She also served as forest supervisor of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit in California during her career.

The Rocky Mountain region encompasses more than 22 million acres of national forest and grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and most of Wyoming.

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