The Mt. Adams Ranger District of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest will get a new Ranger next week as current ranger, Greg Cox, takes on a new assignment for the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.
Diane Rubiaco, acting recreation staff officer on the Hood Canal District of the Olympic National Forest in Olympia, took over as acting Mt. Adams District Ranger on April 21.
Cox will take over implementing a strategic plan for recreation at Mount St. Helens.
Forest Supervisor Claire Lavendel said recruitment for a new Mt. Adams District Ranger will begin soon.
"I am excited to have Diane accept this opportunity, and appreciative of Greg for taking on this key assignment," Lavendel said.
Rubiaco, a 25-year Forest Service employee with experience in recreation, timber, fire and special uses, said she's looking forward to the opportunity. She came to the Olympic National Forest last June after serving as assistant public uses officer on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California.
Cox joined the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in 1987 as forest planner and was named Wind River District Ranger in 1992. He took over management of both Wind River and Mt. Adams districts when they were combined in 1995.
Cox said he looks forward to his new assignment and will miss district employees and the residents of Skamania and Klickitat counties with whom he has worked closely.
Cox said highlights of his years as ranger include: being nationally recognized last year for his District's efforts to restore fisheries on the Wind River; assisting with efforts to develop Skamania County; establishment of the Wind River Canopy Research Crane; restoring the Mt. Adams South Climb road; establishing three Research Natural Areas; building the soon-to-open Mt. Adams Horse Camp; and overseeing the closure of the Wind River Nursery in 1997 and the conveyance of much of the nursery to Skamania County.
The Mt. Adams District, with headquarters in Trout Lake, is one of three on the Forest. It contains 367,000 acres and employs 48 full-time people.