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Acting Ranger Selected for Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District


October 07, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska: A new leader is set to take the helm of the Tongass National Forest's Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District.

Lynn Kolund, Tongass National Forest recreation specialist in Ketchikan, has been selected as the new acting Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District ranger. He begins his acting ranger job this month and will serve for the next four months until a permanent district ranger is selected.

"I have been impressed with the quality employees at the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District," said Kolund. "I look forward to the opportunity to work with them on this busy district over the next four months."

Kolund said he hopes to lead the district through a smooth transition between former ranger, Jerry Ingersoll, and the new district ranger, when selected.

"There is too much important work going on and I want to ensure that it continues," he said.

Ingersoll served as the Ketchikan-Misty Fiords District ranger for nearly six years. He has moved on to the Forest Service's headquarters in Washington, D.C., as the new Off-Highway Vehicle Program coordinator.

"We are happy Lynn has accepted this interim detail position," said Tongass National Forest Deputy Supervisor Olleke Rappe-Daniels. "He's already doing a terrific job for the Tongass and his knowledge, leadership and experience will ensure the district's great work continues moving forward."

Kolund, a South Dakota native, has been working on the Tongass for nearly three years and has served in the Forest Service since 1977.

He has held a variety of positions during his 27-year career including timber forester, silviculturist, recreation and lands forester, and district recreation staff officer. Kolund also has served in details as a public affairs officer and acting district ranger.

Aside from Alaska, Kolund has worked on national forests in Wyoming and Colorado.

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, timber, watershed protection, recreation, fish, wildlife, subsistence and wilderness areas.

The Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District is one of 10 ranger districts located on the 17-million acre Tongass National Forest. The district has 50 permanent employees and encompasses an area of more than 3.3 million acres including Misty Fiords National Monument.

Kolund, a U.S. Navy veteran, earned his bachelor's in forest biology from Colorado State University. He also has received specialized training from Utah State University in forest ecology and silviculture; and recreation planning.

Kolund and his wife, Lyn, have two daughters, Tara and Meghan.


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