USDA Forest Service Announces New District Ranger for Talladega National Forest

(Montgomery, AL) June 29, 2018 – A 26-year U.S. Army veteran and former forest supervisor is the new district ranger for the Talladega National Forest, Oakmulgee District. The USDA Forest Service announced Mark Pentecost as the new district ranger responsible for the management of approximately 157,000 acres of the Talladega National Forest located in west Alabama.

According to Gary Church, acting forest supervisor for the Conecuh, Talladega, Bankhead, and Tuskegee National Forests, Pentecost is an experienced leader who has served his country and the public for over 30 years.   Pentecost is an Alabama native who transferred from the Manti-La Sal National Forest in Price, Utah.  He has numerous military honors and brings to the National Forests in Alabama proven leadership skills as a district ranger and forest supervisor with the USDA Forest Service.

 “My job is to serve the public and employees on the Oakmulgee District,” said Pentecost. “The Talladega National Forest is a beautiful place filled with an abundance of unique natural resources and outdoor opportunities.  I am impressed with the capabilities and professionalism of our staff and the manner that the local communities are served.”

Pentecost earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from Jacksonville State University.

Mark Pentecost

Mark Pentecost, Oakmulgee District Ranger