Kim Pierson has been selected as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. She is currently the District Ranger on the New Meadows Ranger District of the Payette National Forest. Pierson has been extremely active in forest landscape restoration and collaboration efforts throughout her career and has a solid history of providing leadership in these efforts.
Pierson is an avid botanist who began her Forest Service career as a seasonal botanist on the Payette National Forest in 1992. She completed a Bachelorís Degree in Biology and a Masterís Degree in Botany/Ecology at Utah State University in 1999. Prior to starting her permanent Forest Service career, Pierson successfully managed her own botanical consulting company which was highly utilized by several National Forests to complete survey work, pollination studies, and botanical analysis for Forest Plan Revision efforts.
Pierson was the Forest Botanist for the Sawtooth National Forest. She spent nine incredible years in this position working on a variety of botanical issues and restoration efforts. Pierson became the New Meadows District Ranger in 2010, and then served as the Acting Director for Natural Resources for the Intermountain Region in 2015. She leads a highly performing workforce comprised of a dedicated team focusing on increasing the pace of restoration under Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program and a large fire organization.
Pierson and her husband Jeff Motychak share a love for camping, canoeing, science, and adventure. Jeff and Kim also have a soft spot for shelter animals and have provided a home for five dogs and two cats, which are the light of their lives. They are all extremely excited to be coming to the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.