Come August, the Mt. Hood National Forest will have a new deputy forest supervisor: Karen Schroyer.
Though Schroyer will be new to Oregon, she is no stranger to the U.S. Forest Service. Schroyer serves as the district ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District on the White River National Forest in Colorado, where she has worked since 2014.
She has close to 20 years of experience with the Forest Service, which praises her for "striving diligently to develop strong relationships with local governments and partner organizations."
She has a bachelor's degree in geography, and started her Forest Service career with the Salt Lake Ranger District as an interpretive ranger. Before White River National Forest, Schroyer was the district ranger on the Dixie National Forest in southern Utah, and a developed sites program manager on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in northern Utah.
She also spent more than 10 years in Recreation, Heritage, and Volunteer Resources at the Washington office, and worked in banking for 10 years before joining the service.
As outdoors enthusiasts, Schroyer and her husband, Sam, are looking forward to exploring Mount Hood and spending time alpine, cross-country, and backcountry skiing, along with hiking and traveling.
"Karen is going to be a great addition to the Mt. Hood National Forest Leadership Team as well as the Region 6 Regional Leadership Team," said Forest Supervisor Richard Periman. "Her ability to build strong community and partner relationships will strengthen our already robust community engagement program and help us build a future of shared stewardship."
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