Nicholas Larson. Image courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

NEBO — Kristin Bail, forest supervisor of the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, today announced the appointment of Nicholas Larson as the new Grandfather District ranger in the Pisgah National Forest.

“Nick brings a wealth of experience to the Grandfather ranger position, especially in the areas of restoration, partnerships, timber and fire,” said Bail. “These qualities will serve him well as he oversees implementation of the Grandfather Restoration Project, a 10-year effort that is restoring 40,000 acres of the district.”

As ranger, Larson will oversee management of the 158,000-acre Grandfather District and the operations of the district office, located in Nebo, N.C. He will assume the duties on June 10, 2013.

Prior to coming to North Carolina, Larson served as ranger of the Tusayan District in the Kaibab (KIE-bab) National Forest in Arizona, where he managed 340,000 acres of national forests since 2011.

From 2008-2011, Larson worked as the timber management officer for the Klamath National Forest in California. Before going to the Golden State, Nick was employed as a timber management assistant and forestry trainee in the Oakmulgee Ranger District of the Talladega National Forest in Alabama.

Larson started his Forest Service career in the research side, where he worked as a forester conducting forest inventories, among other things, in West Virginia and Utah.

A Pennsylvania native, Larson received his bachelor’s degree in forest science from Penn State University in 2002. Nick’s wife, Jessica, and daughter, Nevena Violet, will follow him to North Carolina.

-Press release from the U.S. Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, shared May 9.

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