The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) 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, Ore. 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 U.S. 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," said Armentrout. "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 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.
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 over 20 years of experience in public land management. He holds a B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon, an M.S. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota, and an MBA from Touro University.