Dillon, MT — March 22nd, 2022 – The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) is excited to announce the selection of Carol Hatfield for the position of Deputy Forest Supervisor. Hatfield began her career in 1989 as a biologist on the Uinta National Forest after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Zoology and Law Enforcement from Weber State University, Utah.
Hatfield’s expansive qualifications include certification as an Advanced Administrator in fire, time working in State and Private Forestry at the Regional level, successful forest project planning and implementation, partnership work, and most recently, a record of strong, decisive leadership as the Belt Creek-White Sulphur Springs District Ranger on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest.
Hatfield’s childhood ingrained in her a deep connection to public lands as her father’s Forest Service career often saw her family outside participating in everything from picking up trash and planting trees to sitting in a lookout with her mom watching for fires. In one of her earliest memories, she recalls waiting in a pickup as her dad helped construct hand-line on the outskirts of a fire, looking for Smokey Bear to come help.
“I originally went to college to study business. All of my aptitude tests in high school indicated I should pursue a career in natural resources though and I soon realized it wasn’t just my familiarity with public lands or my father’s passion for being a steward of the land – I had my own love for this work so I changed my degree and have never looked back. I think the work we do in ensuring this experience and these places are enjoyed by current and future generations is so important and I’m dedicated to embarking on my journey as Deputy Forest Supervisor of the BDNF with everything I can offer. The sky is the limit on what the future of this Forest can look like.” said Hatfield.
With both education and experience that demonstrate a high degree of proficiency in land and personnel management, what sets Hatfield apart is her heart. As she relayed her vision for the BDNF, her past professional endeavors, and her excitement to get projects on the ground moving forward, Hatfield always began and ended with how this work affects people.
“I am so pleased that Carol will be joining our leadership team as we work together to manage the incredible landscapes and wonderful people on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.”, said BDNF Forest Supervisor, Lisa Timchak.
Hatfield’s official start date as the BDNF Deputy Forest Supervisor begins May 8th, 2022.