LINCOLN – Helena National Forest Supervisor Bill Avey announced that Michael Stansberry will become the new Lincoln district ranger beginning next month.
“We are excited to welcome Michael to the Helena National Forest,” Avey said. "Stansberry is joining the Forest Service from the National Park Service out of Yosemite National Park as the deputy chief ranger. In addition to his extensive resource and law enforcement background, he brings leadership skills and a demonstrated commitment community involvement.”
Stansberry has 20 years of experience with federal land management, law enforcement and emergency services management, of which 15 years has been with the National Park Service in Nebraska, Michigan and California.
Stansberry's first experience in Lincoln was through a high school backpacking trip in the Bob Marshall and Scapegoat wilderness areas; and he later became reacquainted with Montana, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness, in 2003 while assigned to the Little Salmon Complex fires on the Spotted Bear Ranger District.
“I jumped at the opportunity to apply for the Lincoln district ranger position and am very excited to begin a new adventure in a beautiful and unique place in Montana,” Stansberry said. “I look forward to moving to Lincoln, meeting and working with the employees, and becoming a part of a community with people who are so passionate about the great resources that surround their town.”
He will begin as the Lincoln district ranger on April 19.