Leadership change at Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest

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WENATCHEE, WA.-The Okanogan and Wenatchee National Forest will be under new management starting later this week.

Forest Supervisor, Mike Williams is retiring and will be stepping down on May 3rd.  Williams leaves after serving as the forest’s chief ranger since 2015. 

Scott Tangenberg photo provided

Scott Tangenberg has been appointed to serve as acting supervisor until a new full-time supervisor is selected. Tangenberg comes to Wenatchee from Sonora, California where he served as deputy supervisor of the Stanislaus National Forest. He started his career with the US Forest Service in 2000. He began his Forest Service Career in Salt Lake City.  From there he has worked as a hydrologist on Forests in Oregon, South Dakota, Wyoming, and California. 

His priorities for the Stanislaus have included helping the Forest recover from the 2013 Rim Fire, responding to the California Tree Mortality Emergency, and working on the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration (CFLR) Cornerstone Project with the Amador Calaveras Consensus Group.

Scott is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder, class of 1997. In 2000, Scott received an MS Degree in Geology from the University of Utah.  He began his Forest Service Career in Salt Lake City.  Prior to his position as the Deputy Forest Supervisor, Scott served as the District Ranger for the Mountaintop Ranger District of the San Bernardino National Forest in Big Bear Lake, CA.