January 18, 2005
Jane Cropp, who is currently the Public Services Staff Officer for the Payette National Forest in Idaho, has been selected as the new Wrangell District Ranger. In her current position,
Cropp is slated to report to her new job in March and will take over for Michael Davis. Davis has served as the acting district ranger at Wrangell since October 2004.
Cropp said she is very excited about her move to Alaska.
"I have lived in small towns most of my adult life, and love them," said Cropp. "It gives me a real sense of community to be able to go to the store and recognize half the people. I look forward to meeting the people who live and work in Wrangell."
"I'm pleased Jane is joining the Tongass team," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. "I'm confident she will do a great job leading the district."
According to Cropp, supporting the local community is her main objective as the new district ranger.
"My highest goal is to ensure communication on the many Forest Service projects with the people in Wrangell and to understand their concerns and desires involving projects we bring to the table," said Cropp. "I also hope to work with the local community to try and bring forward potential community assistance programs the Forest Service is involved with to promote community development goals."
Cropp added that one of her most important responsibilities will be "developing and bringing forward environmentally sound projects that benefit both the local and national communities."
"We must ensure these projects do not damage the cornerstone of what attracts people to Alaska its beauty," said Cropp.
Cropp brings a wealth of experience with her to Wrangell. She has served 20 years in the Forest Service including jobs in Recreation Management, Wilderness Management, Lands, Minerals, Special Uses, Outfitters and Guides, and Timber Management. She has worked on National Forests in Colorado, New Mexico and Idaho. She also served on a two-month detail in Indonesia working on a fire development program in 1999.
Before coming to work for the Forest Service, Cropp served in the Peace Corps for two years in Costa Rica on a reforestation project.
Cropp was born in Canada and immigrated to the United States when she was 10 years old. She grew up in Denver, Colo., and earned a bachelor's degree in natural resource management from Colorado State University in 1982.
The Wrangell District is one of 10 ranger districts located on the 17-million acre Tongass National Forest. The ranger districts on the Tongass are responsible for managing the national forest for multiple uses to meet the diverse needs of people, including special use permits, watershed protection, recreation, fish, wildlife, subsistence, timber and wilderness areas.
Cropp will be arriving in Wrangell with her 4-year-old son, Dylan.
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