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Nourse new Sawtooth National Forest supervisor

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By Benito Baeza

With the new year, there’s often times new beginnings. A new supervisor has been here for just a week, and has a lot of people and land to get to know.

Becky Nourse said, "I just arrived here from Ketchikan, Alaska which is in southeast Alaska. I was the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Tongass National Forest."

Meet Becky Nourse, the new supervisor for the Sawtooth National Forest. A forest service employee for 24 years, she came from a much larger and wetter forest.

Nourse said, "So, coming to the Sawtooths, it's a much dryer climate, a lot more open country, and just a completely different ecosystem that what I was working with in Alaska."

Nourse is no stranger to the Sawtooths. She worked in Stanley for nearly 3 years about a decade ago, though she'd like to get to know the forest a little better.

She said, "I know the SNRA fairly well but I have a lot to learn about the southern part of the forest and the other districts so I really want to get to know the people and the issues I want to meet a lot of the local folks."

Nourse says in Alaska she worked a lot with the local people, and plans on doing the same in the Sawtooths.

Nourse grew up in the Northwest and enjoys the outdoors, from hiking, camping and fishing and began her career with the forest as a firefighter and eventually became a full time employee.

She said, "I have a degree in biology and so the opportunity to get to work outside and work with natural resources was something that really was enticing to me."

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