ROCHESTER - The Green Mountain National Forest has named Greg Smith the new District Ranger for the Rochester and Middlebury Ranger Districts. Smith will oversee 157,300 acres of public lands from Vermont Highway 4 north to Sugarbush, and Middlebury west to Granville.
"America's national forests are wonderful treasures. It's an honor to have the opportunity to contribute to the stewardship of these public lands," said Smith. "I look forward to working with the many communities, individuals, organizations and colleagues who care deeply about the management and conservation of these lands," added Smith.
Smith was most recently the Lands Program Manager for the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota where he was responsible for work planning and budgeting for an extensive land adjustment, special uses and minerals program. He has an undergraduate degree in Forestry from the University of Montana in Missoula, and a Juris Doctor degree from Hamline University in 2006.
Greg was the county forester, from 1995 to 2000, for Clearwater County, Minnesota, managing 91,000 acres of forest, park lands and agricultural leases. He was also a Timber Management Officer for the Bureau of Indian Affairs in Red Lake, Minnesota. Early in his career Smith worked out west as a forester on the Gunnison, Kootenai, and Pike National Forests, and in the Dominican Republic with the Peace Corps.
"My wife, Renae, and I are excited about the move to such a beautiful part of the country. Renae is leaving her work as a CPA at a local accounting firm, and looking forward to a new adventure," said Smith. They have two daughters attending college, Tiffany and Jill.