Flagstaff — A new forest supervisor for the Coconino National Forest
arrived last week, replacing Nora Rasure, who left the Coconino in July to
become the deputy director of recreation, heritage, and volunteer resources
in Washington D.C.
Forest Supervisor Earl Stewart, previously the deputy forest
supervisor of Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, arrived
March 1 and has been with the Forest Service for 19 years.
“I’m very excited to be here and look forward to working with
everyone on the Coconino and the stakeholders who partner with us,” said
Stewart. “I’ve heard great things about Arizona, the Coconino National
Forest and this region.”
Stewart graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1985 with a
Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology and went on to work with
Oklahoma’s Department of Wildlife Conservation as a biologist.
He joined the Forest Service in 1991 and has had the opportunity to
serve in a variety of positions on five national forests in three different
regions before coming to the Coconino.
His early assignments and titles include:
- Ouachita National Forest; wildlife biologist; 1991-1994
- Kasatchie National Forest; wildlife biologist, zone fire
management officer, military liaison, fish biologist; 1994-1998
- National Forests in Alabama; threatened, endangered and
sensitive species program manager, range program manager, forest wildlife
- Talladega National Forest; deputy district ranger, district
- House of Representatives and Washington Office; legislative
fellow for Interior Appropriations; 2005-2007
- Nez Perce National Forest; deputy forest supervisor; 2007
Stewart recently completed his two-year assignment in Montana and is
now stationed in Flagstaff. He has three sons who live out of state.