Two new rangers bring strength and experience to the Rogue forest

Two new rangers have been named to fill vacant posts in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Mitch Wilkinson will head the High Cascade Ranger District, based in Prospect and Butte Falls, while Tina Lanier has been named to lead the Gold Beach Ranger District.

Both start their new jobs on Monday.

Wilkinson was the district ranger for the South Fork Management Unit on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California, a job he held since 2011.

His work experience includes working for the United States Army, for both the Defense and State departments. He also has taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in the College of Agriculture and the natural resources program at Oregon State University.

He has worked as a tribal liaison and with the nine federally recognized tribes in Oregon on a project to design, fund and construct a traditional longhouse.

Wilkinson has a doctorate in international leadership technology and administration.

Lanier previously served as the ranger for the Belt Creek Ranger District in Helena and Lewis & Clark National Forest in Montana, a position she held since 2006. She also has served acting deputy forest supervisor and acting operations staff officer in the past two years.

In addition, she has worked as a wildlife biologist, recreation program leader and as an appeals and litigation program manager.

"Tina and Mitch bring great strengths to the Gold Beach and High Cascade ranger districts," said forest supervisor Rob MacWhorter in a prepared statement.

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