VanOrmer is new deputy regional forester

Chad VanOrmer, who has served as deputy regional forester for the U.S. Forest Service for nearly one year, has been named to the position on a permanent basis.

His priorities including active forest management, customer service and providing a safe work environment for employees.

For the past three years, VanOrmer has also served as the region’s director of ecosystems planning and budget. He has also served as the district ranger for Admiralty Island National Monument and Hoonah, where he oversaw a wide range of multiple-use management programs, including wilderness, timber, recreation, roads, fish and wildlife and minerals.

He came to Alaska in 2001 as a recreation planner on the Craig Ranger District, where he developed and led a conservation education program with multiple partners that focused on exposing rural residents, especially young people, to opportunities in their own backyard.