Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Alaska Regional Forester Beth Pendleton is retiring next month.
She has served in the position for eight years and in several key positions before then. They included as the deputy regional forester for operations and director for recreation, lands and minerals. She also served as the acting associate chief of the agency in Washington, D. C., during the transition to the Trump Administration.
She'll be replaced by David Schmid whose career includes 23 years spent on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests in Alaska. After graduation from college, Schmid worked as a fisheries and watershed program leader on the Chugach and as a district ranger on the Tongass.
He has worked as the deputy regional forester in the Northern Region based in Missoula, Montana, the last four years.
Schmid will serve as the acting regional director in Alaska. He'll be on the job in mid-April.