Payette National Forest Supervisor, Keith Lannom is pleased to announce that Erin Phelps has been selected as the New Meadows District Ranger. Phelps replaces Kim Pierson who moved to the Idaho Panhandle National Forest as the Deputy Forest Supervisor.
“Ranger Pierson played a key role as the New Meadows District Ranger regarding our landscape scale forest restoration and building a productive relationship with the Payette Forest Coalition,” said Lannom. “Her eight years on the District were immensely productive, she will be missed, and we wish her well in her new duty assignment.”
Incoming Ranger Phelps is an Idaho native and went to college at Eastern Oregon University, where she played volleyball and received a Bachelor of Arts in English Writing.
She began her federal career in wildland fire with the Boise BLM, then with the Forest Service on Interagency Hotshot Crews in Arizona. In 2010, Erin moved into environmental planning as a Writer/Editor. For three years, she served as the Forest Service Project Manager for the innovative Flagstaff Watershed Protection Project, a large initiative funded in large part by the citizens of Flagstaff to fund fire hazard reduction treatments on the National Forest adjacent to the city. In 2015, Erin was appointed the District Ranger on the historic Ninemile Ranger District of the Lolo National Forest in Montana.
Erin is excited to join the Payette National Forest and the New Meadows Community as she’s been recreating and visiting New Meadows since she was 10 years old. “It’s always been where I can go to reconnect with family and the outdoors,” said Phelps. “Some of my all-time favorite trail runs are on the New Meadows District, including the trail to Pollock Lookout.” Phelps is happy to soon call New Meadows home, and added, “This area has always been a special place to me, and I’m looking forward to joining the community and the employees of the Payette National Forest in their effort to affect positive change at a landscape level.”
Phelps will continue the work of her New Meadows predecessors to identify the most informed and collaborative solutions to shared forest management issues. She will report to the Forest on August 19, 2018. Dustin Doane will continue as the Acting District Ranger until that time.