A new forest supervisor for the Coconino National Forest arrived recently, 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 biologist; 1998-1999;
• Talladega National Forest; deputy district ranger, district ranger; 1999-2005
• House of Representatives and Washington Office; legislative fellow for Interior Appropriations; 2005-2007; and
• Nez Perce National Forest; deputy forest supervisor.
Stewart recently completed his two-year assignment in Montana and is now stationed in Flagstaff. He has three sons who live out of state.