Lolo National Forest welcomes new District Ranger to the Plains-Thompson Falls Ranger District
By Moosetrack Megan

Posted: April 11, 2024

Thompson Falls, Mont., April 8, 2024 — The Lolo National Forest is pleased to announce the selection of Curtis Rintz as the new District Ranger for the Plains-Thompson Ranger District. Rintz started at the end of February.

“We are excited to welcome Curtis to Montana and our Forest,” said Carolyn Upton. “His background, skills and experiences will be a tremendous asset to the work we do and the Plains and Thompson Falls communities.”

Rintz came to the Forest from the National Park Service where he served as the Chief of Facility Management and Engineering at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. He has more than 20 years of federal service and has also worked in the private sector in the construction industry. Early in his career he worked as a wilderness trail and fire crew member and as an archeologist and wildland firefighter. He began his career in facilities with as the Exhibit Specialist for the Intermountain Region’s Historic Preservation Program and has served as the Chief of Facility Management at numerous National Park sites.

“I am looking forward to continuing to get to know the staff and engaging with the partners and in the communities the district serves,” said Rintz. “My background, dedication to public service and commitment to preserving, restoring, and managing federals lands and resources will help me start this new adventure on the Lolo National Forest.”

Rintz has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in Cultural Anthropology and Economics. Away from work he enjoys working on old cars and motorcycles, hiking, traveling and reading.

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About the Forest Service: The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages the 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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