The anticipation on who the next leader of the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests (ASNFs) is over. He’s already on the Forest! Deputy Forest Supervisor Jim Zornes has been named as the new ASNFs’ Forest Supervisor assuming former Forest Supervisor Chris Knopp’s position, who retired in November 2011. “We are fortunate to have Jim assume the role as Forest Supervisor. Jim’s two year tenure on the ASNFs will allow no time lost in continuing the important work being done there,” according to Southwestern Regional Forester Corbin Newman.
Before coming to the ASNFs Zornes was the District Ranger of the Mena/Oden Ranger District, Ouachita NF in Arkansas; before that he was District Ranger on the Leadville Ranger District, Pike/San Isabel NF, Cimarron and Comanche National Grassland in Leadville, CO. He began his career with the Forest Service in Oklahoma after graduating from college in Arkansas. His career took him to Oregon for nearly six years before leaving to purchase a farm in his native state of Arkansas before coming back to the USFS in 2001.
“I’m honored for the opportunity to live and work in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. I look forward to working with local leaders and the communities to engage in collaborative solutions to natural resource challenges and opportunities on the ASNFs. My wife Joan and I are pleased to continue being a part of the White Mountain community,” Zornes said.