Farewell, Pam and Jane!
After a stay too short, Pam Gardiner, the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest, is leaving for the land of the Potomac as the Deputy Director of Land Manager Planning for the Forest Service.
While we've not always landed in the same place, Pam brought to the Wasatch a deep land ethic. She understood the complexity of the issues facing the Wasatch-Cache, openly struggled with their solutions, and distinguished herself with a willing ness to listen, respond and honestly pursue answers. She was genuine, cared about wildness and helped this forest move forward.
We wish her the best. Her thoughtfulness and very real humor will be missed.
We are also very sorry to see Jane Cottrell, the Kamas District Ranger, leave for Oregon as the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Fremont National Forest. Jane carried the Kamas Ranger District a meaningful step forward! Like Pam, Jane valued land, not resources, knew how to listen and looked for long answers.
The loss of both Jane and Pam at the same time will leave the Wasatch a mighty space to be filled. Hopefully, those who select and fill those positions will assure the march forward continues and doesn't get bogged down in the old and meaningless context of resource rather than land management.