Forest Service names new Tahoe leader
The U.S. Forest Service announced Wednesday it has found someone to lead its ranks in the Lake Tahoe Basin, after a six-month vacancy in the position of forest supervisor.
Terri Marceron, 45, hails from Arizona, where she is district ranger for the Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff. A California native, she comes with extensive experience in recreation and fuels reduction, both essential to working in the Lake Tahoe Basin, said Forest Service spokesman Matt Mathes.
A Forest Service panel which reviewed Marceron’s resume was impressed with her commitment to collaboration.
“My initial task will be to spend time listening to employees, our many partners, interest groups, the Washoe tribe, elected officials and others to develop strong working relationships in our joint commitment to manage these valuable resources stretching across two states,” Marceron said in a statement. She was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
“We were looking for someone who would embrace that connection and build a joint commitment to make Lake Tahoe as good as it could be,” Mathes said. “Terri embraces working with the public and working with partners.”
As supervisor of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit, Marceron will hold the highest federal decision-making position in Tahoe and will answer to Regional Forester Bernie Weingardt, who supervises the 18 national forests in California.
“Her high energy level and skills in working with the public in wildland-urban interface areas will also be great assets as we increase our efforts to protect the Basin from fire and preserve the natural beauty of the area,” Weingardt said in a statement.
The supervisor slot, last held by Maribeth Gustafson, has been vacant for six months.
Marceron was chosen from a pool of 24 applicants. Her hiring had to be approved by Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth in Washington, D.C.
Marceron is expected to take over her new position in mid November.
The Tahoe Lake Basin unit is small in size for the Forest Service, Mathes said, but is a big job because it receives so much attention, politically and economically. Tourism, recreation, fire danger and political issues will all come into play in the job.
The basin is also unique because it lies in two states. The supervisor will deal with two sets of senators, governors and state representatives, who have in the past provided support for funding environmental improvement projects on federal land in the basin.
A district ranger is one step down in the chain of command from forest supervisor, so the move is a promotion for Marceron.
Marceron graduated from San Diego State University in 1981 with a bachelor of arts in recreation with an emphasis in public administration. She earned a master of sciences degree from the University of Washington’s College of Forest Resources in Seattle in 1988, emphasizing public policy and planning, and outdoor recreation and environmental interpretation.
She has worked for Wind Cave National Park in South Dakota, Army Corps of Engineers in Washington state, Lewis and Clark National Forest in Montana, and the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire in 1993 as assistant district ranger, where she developed partnerships to help manage an extensive recreation program, including wilderness, trails, winter sports and special uses.
Following a detail to the Inyo National Forest in Bishop as forest planner in 1996 and 1997, Marceron became a district ranger on the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. She came to her current position in Arizona in 2002, where her emphasis has been collaboration with the public to accomplish fuel reduction work in the wildland-urban interface.