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Caribou-Targhee welcomes new forest supervisor

Mel Bolling is the new forest supervisor for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Bolling comes from Fishlake National Forest in southern Utah, where he had been the forest supervisor since 2015, a U.S. Forest Service news release said.

Bolling has worked for the Forest Service for 24 years. Growing up in Georgia, he attended the University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in recreation resource management. It was during a college internship when he was first introduced to the Forest Service.

“I started as a volunteer in Kamas, Utah, working as a wilderness and backcountry ranger for the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in 1994,” Bolling said. “That evolved into various seasonal positions in Utah and North Carolina and eventually resulted in a permanent recreation position working on the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Arizona.”

From there, he worked on the Carson National Forest in Taos, N.M., as a recreation staff officer on the Camino Real Ranger District. In 2006, he moved to the Fishlake National Forest in central Utah to serve as the Fillmore District Ranger, moving from a ranger to the public services staff officer for the forest and, in 2015, was selected as forest supervisor.

Bolling is moving from a national forest covering 1.5 million acres and four ranger districts to one spanning more than 3 million acres with seven ranger districts and two wilderness areas.

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