Tim Garcia, Forest Supervisor for the Lolo National Forest, has accepted the position of Director of State and Private Forestry in the Forest Service Northern and Intermountain Regions and will report to his new assignment October, 1. Garcia has been the Lolo Forest Supervisor since April, 2014.
“I’m grateful to have served as the Lolo Forest Supervisor and to have worked with the many talented and committed employees who care for the public lands of the Lolo National Forest and for the public,” Garcia said. “I’m going to miss this but I’m very proud of what we have accomplished alongside our partners and engaged citizens.”
Prior to his assignment as the Forest Supervisor here Garcia worked in the Legislative Affairs branch of the Forest Service Washington Office.
Joe Alexander, the current Director of Recreation, Minerals, Lands, Heritage, and Wilderness Programs in the Forest Service Northern Region, will serve as acting Forest Supervisor on the Lolo National Forest for 120 days while the selection process for the new Lolo Forest Supervisor is underway. He will begin his assignment October, 1.
Joe graduated from the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forestry and an emphasis in Range Management, in 1993. He started his career as a Range Management Specialist on the Bitterroot National Forest and then on the Dakota Prairie Grasslands. He then transferred to the Humbolt-Toiyabe NF in Nevada and worked as an Operations Team Leader.
Joe’s first Line Officer position was on the Republic Ranger District on the Colville NF in Washington State. In 2006 he was named District Ranger on the Deer River Ranger District on the Chippewa National Forest in Northern Minnesota. Joe then moved to Cody, Wyoming where he was the Forest Supervisor for the Shoshone National Forest for seven years during completion of both the Forest Plan Revision and Travel Management process. Joe has been in his current Regional Office position for one year. Joe has been married to his wife Kelli for 25 years and they have two children.
“I’m excited about this position on the Lolo National Forest and the opportunity to work with the Lolo’s great employees and the many communities, citizens and local governments on those shared outcomes we all seek for quality outdoor recreation and healthy communities,” Alexander said.