The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests welcome the arrival of Chad Stewart as the new deputy forest supervisor. Stewart reported to the GMUG on May 13, replacing Russ Bacon who left to assume the role of forest supervisor of the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest.
"I look forward to working with the diverse communities and issues that are part of the GMUG National Forests," said Stewart. "I am also excited to explore the local area and everything it has to offer."
Stewart is transferring to the GMUG from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest 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 starting as a seasonal wildland firefighter and moving on to become a hotshot, fire ecologist, fire management officer and timber and fire staff officer. He holds several degrees including a B.S. in biology from the University of Oregon, an M.S. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota, and a master's of business administration from Touro University.
Stewart is moving to the GMUG with his wife Amy, their daughter Kacy and son Dathan. Their family pursuits include camping, geocaching, biking, skiing, fishing and travelling.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.