U.S. Forest Service architect is picked for top West Slope job
PLACERVILLE – Ramiro Villalvazo, the chief landscape architect for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., has been named supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest.
The announcement was made Monday. He replaces John Berry, who retired earlier this year. Villalvazo will report to his new post the second week of July.
“Ramiro’s leadership in maintaining scenic resources and high-quality recreation settings, combined with experience stretching from Puerto Rico and Florida to California, gives him a broad mix of planning, economic development and natural resource management skills,” said Pacific Southwest Regional Forester Bernie Weingardt. “Since his career began here in California, he has also completed work details as the Southern Region’s Acting Director of Recreation and Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Plumas National Forest in the Sierra Nevada mountain range. I am very happy to have him back with us.”
Villalvazo, 47, was born in Tijuana, Mexico, and emigrated at a very young age to San Diego, where he grew up. He received a bachelor of science degree in landscape architecture from Cal Poly in 1982. He began his Forest Service career as a co-op student on the Sequoia National Forest in 1980, moving to the Cleveland National Forest, also in California, in 1981. He went to the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico in 1991 as a landscape architect.
In 1995, he became developed recreation manager/landscape architect on the National Forests in Florida, before returning to California as the Angeles National Forest landscape architect in 1997. He transferred to his current Washington, D.C., post in 2001.
In addition to the work details outlined above since then, he has also worked in Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Nicaragua and Mexico to help develop sustainable tourism and provide other assistance.
“I am looking forward to reconnecting with the people and landscapes of California, and to the beautiful and extensive resources of the Sierra Nevada,” he said. “With the help of what I understand is a great staff on the Eldorado, I am prepared to share in the responsibility of managing some of the most treasured lands in the nation.”
Vallalvazo has been married to Ana for 21 years, and they have two children, Joshua, 20, and Nicole, 17. An active member of the Society of Landscape Architects, he enjoys the outdoors, exercising, playing racquetball and traveling with his family.
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