Chief of Three Western Slope Forests
by Dennis Webb
The man who led the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests for the last six years as forest supervisor is leaving his position for a job in the Pacific Northwest.
Scott Armentrout has accepted a senior executive position in Portland, Oregon, for the Bonneville Power Administration, a self-funding nonprofit that is part of the Department of Energy and markets wholesale electrical power, primarily from federal hydroelectric projects.
His last day of work at the GMUG was Oct. 22.
Deputy Forest Supervisor Chad Stewart, who joined the GMUG in June, will be the acting forest supervisor for the GMUG.
Armentrout worked for the Forest Service for 31 years. He previously worked in district ranger roles, as assistant National Wildlife Program manager for the Forest Service in Washington, D.C., and as forest supervisor for the Sierra National Forest.
The Bonneville Power Administration said in a news release that Armentrout will manage the environmental component of BPA's transmission and power sales businesses.
"He will also oversee the programs, policies and strategies related to BPA's commitment to the region's environmental resources through investments in restoring habitat, protecting land and water, improving fish passage at the dams, and operating state-of-the-art salmon and steelhead hatcheries," BPA said.
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