Black Hills National Forest Supervisor to Retire

Contact(s): Scott Jacobson, 605-440-1409

Custer, SD, Nov. 22, 2019 – After over 37 years of service with the U.S. Forest Service, Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every will retire on December 31, 2019.  Van Every has served as the Supervisor on the Black Hills National Forest since August 2016. 

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Van Every graduated from Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology. He holds a Master of Science degree in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Idaho.

Van Every has served on many forests across the nation, including the Tongass National Forest in Alaska, Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, Dixie National Forest in Utah, Superior National Forest in Minnesota, White River National Forest in Colorado, National Forests and Grasslands in Texas before his final stop on the Black Hills National Forest.

“It has been a wonderful career. I have been very privileged and honored to work with so many great people inside the Forest Service and out, and I wouldn’t trade those experiences and relationships for anything,” said Van Every. “The Black Hills National Forest is a special place and I would like to thank all of the hard working employees, our stakeholders, partners, special interest groups, National Forest Advisory Board members and countless individuals for their support in managing the Black Hills National Forest.”

Notable accomplishments during his tenure on the Black Hills National Forest were his decision on the Black Hills Resilient Landscapes project, connecting communities to their public lands through a non-motorized trail strategy and initiating work to develop a motorized trail strategy to make the forest a better place for multiple use.

“We are thankful for Mark’s service and leadership on the Black Hills National Forest and the USDA Forest Service and wish him and his wife Janell the very best in retirement,” said acting Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien.  A replacement has not yet been named.    


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