USFS announces interim staff changes

Hood River District Ranger Daina Bambe will retire March 31, with 31 years of service as an employee of the U.S. Forest Service.

Also, Claire Lavendel is the new acting forest supervisor for Mt. Hood National Forest.

For the last 10 years Bambe worked for the Mt. Hood National Forest as district ranger for the Hood River District. During her tenure, she faced a complex range of issues including Wilderness fire management, watershed restoration and an increasingly demanding recreating public.

“While there were many challenges, the dedication, caring and expertise of district employees made it worthwhile for me,” said Bambe. “When times were tough we rose to the occasion as a team.”

She also recognized the support of the community and the district’s many partners: “Our stakeholders and partners were integral to our success in every area and I will miss seeing them, many of whom became personal friends and trusted sounding boards.”

Until a replacement is selected the district will be led by two capable acting rangers: Gary Asbridge, a supervisory fish biologist, will be filling in for three weeks in April, and Joy Archuleta will arrive at the end of the month for a 120-day detail as acting district ranger.

Archuleta hails from the Umatilla National Forest where she is the district ranger management assistant for the North Fork John Day Ranger District.

Archuleta began her career with the U.S. Army. Her educational background is in hydrology and she has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1997 in a number of capacities at the Umpqua National Forest, Umatilla National Forest and the regional office.

A new permanent district ranger may be in place as early as this summer.

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Lavendel was the forest supervisor for the Gifford Pinchot National Frost for nine years before joining the regional leadership team in Portland. She has land management and supervision in the Northwest spanning over three decades.

She began her career as a forester and followed this role with a stint as the district ranger at the Sandpoint Ranger District on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Lavendel’s experience with timber management recreation and lands will be put to use this spring as the forest prepares for the 2013 field season and a busy summer, she said.

Partnerships, forest restoration and special uses administration will be among her priorities during her acting role in the National Forest.

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