Jim Zornes has been named as acting forest supervisor of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests.
He has been working on the forests since May 2010 as the deputy forest supervisor, which provides for a seamless transition.
“I am happy to serve at the helm of the Forests, and committed to all of the important work we do, including our focus on Wallow Fire recovery and restoration,” stated Zornes.
“Working collaboratively with local entities and communities is an integral part of our mission at the USDA Forest Service. My staff and I remain committed to strengthening existing collaborative relationships and cultivating new ones.
“Everyone is welcome to call and set up an appointment with me to discuss forest matters, I’ll always make time for you,” added Zornes.
A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Management, Zornes began his career with the USDA Forest Service on the Ouachita National Forest, Cold Springs Ranger District in Arkansas.
He later moved to the Tiak Ranger District in Oklahoma; then onto the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon. Next it was the Pike and San Isabel National Forest in Colorado where he served as District Ranger on the Leadville Ranger District, then back to the Ouachita National Forest as District Ranger on the Mena/Oden Ranger District.
In addition to his Forest Service career, Zornes was also an owner and operator of a diversified farming operation and forest products business. Zornes and his wife Joan have two grown children that live in Arkansas.