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KETCHIKAN (KDN) —Troy Heithecker, deputy forest supervisor of the Tongass National Forest, will serve as acting forest supervisor of the Tongass beginning in June, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
M. Earl Stewart, who has been Tongass National Forest supervisor since 2015, will leave on June 3 for a four-month assignment as the Forest Service director of engineering in Washington, D.C.
"I'm excited to face new challenges as the director of engineering and honored to have been selected to oversee such an important program," Stewart said in the prepared statement. "This is an excellent opportunity to coordiante and connect with different levels of the organization, ultimately bringing a broader skillset back to the Tongass when the D.C. assignment is complete."
Heithecker, who has been deputy supervisor of the Tongass National Forest since January 2018, served as a national program manager with the Rocky Mountain Research Station, and also as deputy forest supervisor on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, according to the agency.
"I am honored to serve as the acting forest supervisor on the Tongass, and excited to continue supporting our staff and working closely with our diverse group of partners, stakeholders and collaborators," Heithecker said.