Tricia O’Connor to Serve as Acting Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (PRESS RELEASE) - USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen announced the temporary appointment of Tricia O’Connor as the acting regional forester for the Rocky Mountain Region, effective October 19, 2020. In this role, O’Connor will lead more than 2,000 dedicated employees and share stewardship of 22 million acres of national forests and grasslands in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming with partners and forty-eight affiliated tribes.
Tricia currently serves as Forest Supervisor for the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, where she oversees management on 3.4 million acres of public land. She started her career with the Forest Service in 1988 on the Mt. Hood National Forest as a wildlife biologist. Her previous assignments include wildlife biologist for the Lolo National Forest in Montana; and district ranger, forest staff officer, and deputy forest supervisor for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. She has also held short term positions as Deputy Director for Ecosystem Management Coordination in Washington DC and Deputy Regional Forester for the Intermountain Region in Utah. Tricia earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University and a master’s degree in natural resource management from Humboldt State University. She and her husband Keith Rush enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities and international travel.
O’Connor replaces Jennifer Eberlien, who has served as acting regional forester for the Rocky Mountain Region since October 2019. Eberlien accepted a new position as Associate Deputy Chief for National Forest System at the USDA Forest Service Headquarters in Washington D.C.
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