Garth Smelser has been named as the new Forest Supervisor of the Caribou Targhee National Forest.
“Garth will be an excellent leader for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest,” said Regional Forester Nora Rasure. “His diverse leadership experiences have prepared him to manage the many resources the Caribou-Targhee has to offer.”
Smelser comes to the Caribou-Targhee after serving as the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest since December 2011.
Smelser completed his Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Naval Academy in 1995 after which he served as a Naval Flight Officer for eight years. He received his Master’s Degree at the University of Hawaii.
Smelser was awarded a Presidential Management Fellowship with the U.S. Forest Service in Washington D.C.
According to Rasure, Smelser has also served on the Lincoln National Forest and the National Forests in Florida.
“I am excited to work with the employees and the communities surrounding the Caribou-Targhee National Forest,” said Garth Smelser. “The Caribou-Targhee is a beautiful forest and I am honored to be able to contribute to this treasured landscape.”
According to information provided by the Forest Service, Smelser grew up loving the outdoors. He has also dedicated much of his time as a Forest Service leader establishing community coalitions.
Smelser is married to Julie Fitzpatrick. Together they are helping their daughters (twin five-year olds and a three-year old) “discover all that nature has to offer.”