SOME CHANGES ALONG THE TRAIL...
Bernie Weingardt, Forest Supervisor on the Wasatch-Cache National Forest for the last four or five years, is moving on to the Southwest Regional Office -- California National Forests, in other words. He will be assuming the position of Deputy Regional Forester for Resources. We wish him the best. While Bernie has been involved in his fair share of controversial decisions, he has helped open even further the Wasatch National Forest planning process-- a risky process in and of itself. We have found Bernie open, easy to work with, willing to listen, and the Uintas have benefited from his time on the forest...
...and Pam Gardiner, Deputy Forest Supervisor under Bernie, will assume the position of Acting Forest Supervisor. We have no doubt that Pam will continue the progressive movement of the Wasatch. Luck she will need. We hope she gets it!
Wayne Padgett, Wasatch-Cache forest ecologist and member of the forest planning revision team, suffered a catastrophic automobile accident way back at the end of August. He was released from the hospital a few days before Thanksgiving, with much of that time having been spent in the Intensive Care Unit. A big strong guy who cares deeply about the ecological integrity of forests hopefully will be back on the planning team after the first of the year. We continue to wish and pray for his full recovery!