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Forest Supervisor Leaves GMUG

by Kimberlee Phillips
Montrose Press, October 31, 2018

Scott Armentrout who led the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests for the last six years as forest supervisor has accepted a senior executive position in Portland, Oregon, for the Bonneville Power Administration. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests announces the departure of Forest Supervisor Scott Armentrout.

He departs the GMUG having accepted a position for the Department of Energy in Portland, Oregon. His last day of work was Oct. 22.

Armentrout assumed duties as the GMUG Forest Supervisor in the fall of 2012 and has been with the Forest Service for 31 years.

He spent extensive time in leadership positions including time as a district ranger for the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland, the Assistant National Wildlife Program Manager for the Forest Service in Washington D.C., and the Forest Supervisor for the Sierra National Forest.

“I will really miss working here and am grateful to all of communities for working together to solve some significant challenges,” Armentrout said.

“People here work together to find mutually agreeable solutions and that’s what made my work gratifying. I feel privileged to have worked for the residents of the Western Slope and I know the spirit of working together will help to solve any future challenges.”

Deputy Forest Supervisor Chad Stewart will be the acting forest supervisor for the GMUG.

He joined the GMUG in June of this year and is thoroughly familiar with the issues and management of the forest. His knowledge and experience will provide the forest, its partners and surrounding communities with continuity of management, providing for a smooth transition, the USFS said.

Prior to the GMUG, Stewart worked on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest and Thunder Basin National Grassland where he served as the Hahns Peak/Bears Ears District Ranger in Steamboat Springs since 2013. He has more than 20 years of experience in public land management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Oregon, master’s degree in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University.

Kimberlee Phillips is a public affairs officer for the USFS, working out of the GMUG’s Delta office.
Forest Supervisor Leaves GMUG
Montrose Press, October 31, 2018

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