The Bridger-Teton National Forest will have a new District Ranger for the Big Piney, Wyoming office on April 8, 2013. The B-T reports, Rob Hoelscher will be the new ranger and he will have oversight over the 449,000 acres of the Forest in Sublette County, Wyoming. The District maintains 300-miles of system trails, 25 permitted summer and fall outfitters, 11 summer homes and one developed campground. Hoelscher was the Wildlife Program Manager for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes National Forest in Vermont and New York.
According to the B-T, Hoelscher has worked for the Forest Service for 22-years. He began his career working on the Black Hills National Forest as a seasonal in Wildlife, Range, Recreation, and Fire. While on the Black Hills, Hoelscher worked his way up to a Wildlife Biologist working on a Planning Team that assessed timber projects Forest-wide. Hoelscher also worked in other disciplines including work as a Forest Plan Revision Threatened and Endangered Species coordinator, a Forest Biologist, and a Regional Threatened and Endangered Species Program coordinator. Hoelscher moved to Vermont in 2002 and worked as a Zone Wildlife Biologist, and then Forest Wildlife Program Coordinator.
Hoelscher enjoy all sorts of outdoor recreational activities, “but I am particularly happy when I’m hunting or fly-fishing” he said. The last several years Hoelscher and his wife have spent most of their free time following their children’s sporting activities. “My son has been a very active football and lacrosse player, and my daughter played field hockey, basketball and lacrosse in high school, and Division 1 field hockey at Northeastern University in Boston,” said Hoelscher.
Hoelscher’ s family will join him in Big Piney later this spring. “I am particularly excited about moving back west again, closer to family and old friends, and working closely with all the people whose lives are livelihoods are so intermingled with the Bridger Teton National Forest, and the Yellowstone Ecosystem,” he said.