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New Ottawa Forest Supervisor Appointed

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The Ottawa National Forest has a new supervisor. Linda Jackson comes from Arizona, where she was a District Ranger at the Prescott National Forest, and also worked at the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. She holds degrees in natural science and geology from Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University. Jackson replaces Anthony Scardina, who accepted a position at the Wayne National Forest in Ohio.

Here is the full National Forest Service press release:

Ottawa National Forest Welcomes New Forest Supervisor

Ironwood, MI – U.S. Forest Service Regional Forester Kathleen Atkinson has announced the selection of Linda Jackson as the new Forest Supervisor of the Ottawa National Forest.  Linda replaces Anthony Scardina, who accepted a position on the Wayne National Forest in Ohio.

In welcoming Linda to the Ottawa, Kathleen Atkinson said, “We are excited to have Linda in the Region, and know her experience and knowledge will serve the Forest and community well.”

“I’m thrilled to be on the Ottawa National Forest and am looking forward to working with its employees, the public and our partners,” said Linda, who started her new job on August 25th.

Linda comes to the Ottawa from her previous position as District Ranger on the Bradshaw District Ranger of Prescott National Forest in Arizona.  She has also served as the Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona.

Linda began her Forest Service career in Utah in 1993, working in public affairs and National Environmental Policy Act compliance.  She has also served as District Ranger for National Forests in Utah and Nevada.

Linda received bachelor degrees in natural science and geology from Lewis and Clark College and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  She worked for several years as a coal mining geologist in Oregon and Wyoming.

Linda is married to Mike Leonard, a retired biologist from the Forest Service.  She has two children and he has three children. Their children live in Arizona, California and Oregon.  Linda loves the outdoors and enjoys hiking, bicycling, and cross-country skiing.

The Ottawa National Forest continues to be served by three District Rangers.  Norman Nass is responsible for the Bessemer, Watersmeet, and Iron River Districts.  Susanne Adams covers the Ontonagon and Bergland Districts.  Barbara Van Alstine is the Kenton District Ranger.

For more information about the Ottawa National Forest, visit www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa or call your local Forest Service office.

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