Alpine open house set for new forest supervisor |

Alpine open house set for new forest supervisor

Staff Report

Alpine residents will have an opportunity to meet new Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger this month.

An open house will be 9-10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Markleeville Guard Station, 55 Turtle Rock Road.

Dunkelberger follows Jeanne Higgins as the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Supervisor. He previously served as the San Juan Public Lands’ Associate Center Manager (Deputy Forest Supervisor and Associate BLM Manager) in southwest Colorado for four years.

In 2002, Dunkelberger became the Field Manager for the BLM Bishop Field Office with land management responsibilities in California’s Eastern Sierra and coordination with adjacent Nevada jurisdictions and stakeholders.

He also served as the Arapaho National Recreation Area Manager on the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland for four years before moving to Bishop. Dunkelberger began his career with the Forest Service in 1980 as the Lead Wilderness Ranger on the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

The Humboldt-Toiyabe is the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states. The Carson Ranger District is one of 10 Ranger Districts for this Forest. Carson District Ranger Genny Wilson reports directly to the Forest Supervisor. The District covers about 400,000 acres, with lands in both California and Nevada.

Another open house is 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the Galena Creek Visitor Center on 18250 Mt. Rose Highway.