Tree Frog Forestry News

New Leader Appointed to Flathead National Forest

By Tristan Scott
Flathead Beacon
January 15, 2020
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

Kurt Steele

There’s a new supervisor at the helm of the Flathead National Forest. On Jan. 10, following on the heels of longtime Forest Supervisor Chip Weber’s retirement, Kurt Steele was named as the top brass overseeing 2.4 million forested acres in Northwest Montana. Steele has served as deputy forest supervisor for the Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forests in Idaho for the past three years, and is slated to begin work in his new role in mid-February. “I am very pleased to welcome Kurt to the Flathead National Forest,” Regional Forester Leanne Marten said. “Kurt is a proven leader who welcomes new voices and diverse perspectives, and has dedicated his career to public service.” The Flathead National Forest’s sprawling footprint spans the Whitefish Range, the Swan Range and the Mission Mountains, and agency officials are engaged in a constant juggling act to balance priorities like recreation, timber, fire, resource conservation, safety, and education.

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