A new District Ranger has been selected by the U.S. Forest Service for the Juneau area.
Brad Orr, currently the recreation program manager in the Sulphur Ranger District of the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado, will start his new job in February.
Orr succeeds the retiring Marti Marshall whose job as the Forest Service’s Juneau District Ranger includes supervising the popular Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and surrounding trails and cabins.
According to a biography provided by the Forest Service, Orr studied silviculture, then went into seasonal firefighting before the spending most of his 34-year career in the Forest Service in timber management and recreation. Orr’s current job in Arapaho includes overseeing use of a major ski area, four wilderness areas, and one recreation area. The Forest Service says more than a million visitors flock to the Sulphur Ranger District each year because of its proximity to Denver.
Orr’s wife is a former Sitka resident and, according to a statement issued by the Forest Service, she’s looking forward to returning to Southeast with “a lot of excitement.”
Marshall retires after three and a half years as head of the 3.5 million acre Juneau District. She previously served as ranger for the Admiralty Island National Monument.
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