A wildlife biologist from Colorado has been named as the new Mt. Adams District Ranger on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Nancy Ryke, forest wildlife biologist on the Pike/San Isabel/National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands in Pueblo, Colo., will take over managing the Mt. Adams Ranger District in the southern Gifford Pinchot National Forest, starting Oct. 19.
"I'm pleased to welcome Nancy as our new district ranger," said Claire Lavendel, Gifford Pinchot forest supervisor. "She brings a wealth of knowledge, skills, and 20 years of federal service to meet the challenges of managing this incredible public resource."
Ryke has worked on three ranger districts and at two national forest headquarters in Colorado and Montana. She has a strong resource background and breadth of experience working on natural resource issues related to forest and rangeland health, endangered species and recreation management. She has served in temporary assignments as acting district ranger and as the regional Threatened, Endangered and Sensitive Species program manager in the Rocky Mountain Region of the Forest Service.
"I am thrilled about moving to this beautiful part of Washington," Ryke said. "One of my first priorities is to learn more about the area by working with the local communities and employees of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest."
Ryke succeeds former Mt. Adams Ranger Greg Cox, who took a new position in Forest Headquarters last spring.
Diane Rubiaco of the Olympic National Forest has been acting Ranger in the interim.