The Bridger-Teton National Forest reports that José Castro will be appointed the new Deputy Forest Supervisor in January, filling the vacancy that was left when Deputy Mike Balboni transferred to Louisiana earlier this year.
José Castro takes the assigned post in Jackson with over 20 years of Forest Service experience on five national forests and three Regions.
Castro worked his way up the ranks starting in 1988 as a forestry technician on the Jefferson National Forest in Virginia and later as a forester managing the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina.
He detailed to the Santa Fe National Forest as Deputy Forest Supervisor and as Deputy Fire Director in Region 1. Castro also completed international forestry assignments in Mexico.
Castro was previously the District Ranger in Bozeman, Mont., and had been in that position since 2001. He moved to Bozeman following a stint as Deputy District Ranger on the Coeur d’ Alene District of the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.