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Ranger Scott Steinberg has recently joined the Vernal Ranger District of the Ashley National Forest.

His background is full of experiences on a variety of forests. Growing up in Tucson, Scott seasonally worked fires on the San Bernardino N. F. in southern California then on Arizona's Coronado N.F. Moving to the Gila N.F. in southwest New Mexico, he managed parts of the Gila Wilderness, trails and fire management. After twelve years there, Scott moved to the San Juan- Rio Grand N.F. in Colorado, working on fire management for five years. And before moving to the Vernal R.D., Scott worked on Utah's Manti-La Sal N.F. as acting ranger on the Moab/ Monticello Ranger District.

Asked if the agency is a doing better job in recent years, Scott feels encouraged by the expanded diversity in thinking, heritage and people. When he first began, single thinking (i.e. timber or range management) was the norm. His priorities will be off highway vehicles use on non-motorized trails (more presence is needed by the agency in the backcountry), the reintroduction of fire into the landscape, and high elevation livestock grazing damage. He anticipates some environmental assessments will be forthcoming on some allotments.

Scott encourages HUPC members to "Come spend some time on the Vernal District. Give me your thoughts. Tell me what is special to you out here. There are lots of opportunities to do better management on the ground. I welcome going out in the field with you to look at the issues facing us."

We look forward to the newly established Ashley N. F. meetings with Ranger Steinberg and concerned citizens/ forest users. Consider joining us there!

Margaret Pettis

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