The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests announces the retirement of Lee Ann Loupe, forest public affairs officer, on June 1. Loupe has been the forests' representative for media, legislative affairs and various other roles over the past 11 years. Her first Forest Service job was on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, working as a snow ranger and firefighter. She worked as a forester in Norwood in the mid 1980's and continued her 36-year career in numerous assignments across four regions of the agency and on five different national forests.
According to Scott Armentrout, GMUG forest supervisor, "Lee Ann has been instrumental in many things on the GMUG and throughout the agency." He went on to say that the experience Lee Ann brings to her position will be missed. "However, we wish her all the best in retirement."
She and her husband Monte plan to remain in the Delta area. She stated, "It's been a great career, and I've worked with a lot of dedicated people and in some pretty amazing places." When asked what her plans for retirement are, she stated, "To enjoy the summer, travel a bit, spend more family time and perhaps some future part-time or contract work to keep busy."