Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest Welcomes New Budget Officer

Contact(s): Erica Hupp 775-355-5311

Budget Officer Sam LeSparks, NV. – The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest welcomes Petersam (Sam) Le as the new Forest Budget Officer. He is responsible for overseeing more than $25 million of appropriated funds used to manage the Forest’s 6.3 million acres that includes seven ranger districts in Nevada and a portion of eastern California. Le will serve as an integral part of the Forest Leadership Team.

“We are pleased to have Sam join our Forest Leadership Team,” said Forest Supervisor Bill Dunkelberger. “His experience and familiarity with our budget and other financial processes will be of great benefit to us.”

Le served in the United States Marine Corps for four year. Once he got out of the service in 2005, he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Accounting and Master of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix in Tukwila, Washington.

Le joined the USDA Forest Service in 2011 as a Financial Analyst with the Albuquerque Service Center (ASC) Budget & Finance Incident Finance Branch in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He spent three years working in various areas, before being promoted to a Lead Financial Analyst in the ASC Budget & Finance Billing Branch.

In 2015, Le accepted the Budget Officer position on the Colville National Forest in Colville, Washington where he was responsible for more than $20 million of appropriated funds. He performed or had oversight of all budget processes including planning, analysis, formulation, execution, and monitoring. In addition, Le oversaw procurement processes, conducted financial reviews, and audited collections. He most recently served in a four-month detail as the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s Acting Budget Officer.

“I am very excited to start the next chapter of my career with the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest,” said Le. “I am looking forward to the challenges ahead and using my leadership skills and budget/finance experience to help the Forest continue to be fiscally responsible.”

Le replaces Jason Pias who accepted a new position as the Budget Coordinator for USDA Forest Service’s Eastern Regional Office’s Natural Resource Program in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.