Gunnison District Ranger to Retire

Release Date: Apr 18, 2017  

Contact(s): Lee Ann Loupe, 970-874-6717

Gunnison, April 7, 2017 – Gunnison District Ranger John Murphy has announced that he plans to retire at the end of the month, after almost 34 years of public service. In his career, Ranger Murphy has worked on four national forests, as well as one of the Forest Service’s experiment stations, and within three regions of the agency. He has been the Gunnison District Ranger since February 2010.


District Rangers have a wide variety of responsibilities. When asked what accomplishment(s) he is most proud of, he stated, “Recognizing and responding appropriately to spruce beetle activity on the southern portion of the District that resulted in landscape-level mortality.” Additionally, he noted, “The Gunnison Ranger District began a large-scale seed collection effort to assure that our seed banks had adequate seed (by seed zone) to meet reforestation needs.”  The Gunnison Ranger District also initiated the LaGarita Salvage Environmental Analysis that resulted in the salvage of about 35 million board feet of timber under Ranger Murphy’s leadership.


Mr. Murphy plans to stay in Gunnison for a while.  After retirement he plans on mountain biking, skiing and traveling while also providing support to his wife Kristi, and their children by keeping their home-life in good order!


Ranger Murphy wishes to express his thanks to all of the partners for helping to make his tenure on the Gunnison Ranger District a success.  In particular he would like to recognize the Gunnison and Hinsdale County Board of County Commissioners for their support and Marlene Crosby of Gunnison County Public Works for all of her cooperation and hard work.  John would also like to thank Sheriff Besecker, Undersheriff Randy Barnes and Emergency Manager Scott Morrill for helping the Forest Service to address wildfire response.  Their involvement and cooperation on the Rosebud Fire near Pitkin last summer is just one example of how well we work together, and how successful we can be when we work together.