Steamboat Springs Kim Vogel has been named the new Routt National Forest district ranger, taking over from Sherry Reed who resigned recently after 13 years in the position.
Vogel, the Routt/Medicine Bow director of planning analysis and public affairs, will officially take up the position on June 4. Until then, Recreation Officer Ray George is acting as interim ranger.
"This is a changing position," Vogel said. "It's no longer hopping on your horse to see what you did."
She said the Forest Service is becoming a more centralized agency and the district ranger position has evolved into more of an office job.
Vogel's experience with other government agencies as well as her broad perspective of the government structure is a big asset in this type of an environment, she said.
"Having had some of those opportunities might provide some tools in the tool box to work with," she said.
Vogel has 25 years of experience working with public land 10 years with the National Parks Service and 15 years with the Forest Service.
Her first Forest Service position was as coordinator for public affairs and volunteers at the Wasatch-Cache District near Salt Lake City.
In 1986, she moved to Steamboat Springs to become director of public affairs and recreation wilderness.
Vogel said she feels fortunate to have been named to the position as it allows her to remain in Steamboat.
"I'm ready to stick around for a while," she said, adding that she expected to continue the policies of past ranger management.
Vogel's first challenge as ranger will be to assess President Clinton's roadless initiative plan, which is expected to be released Tuesday.
"I think it will be a big challenge," she said. "We've already gone through a big public process with looking at our roadless plan."
Vogel hopes Clinton's plan will reflect Routt National Forest's current roadless plan, which was designed in response to local views on use of the public lands.
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