New District Ranger joins Bienville Ranger District

Release Date: Mar 20, 2017  

 Forest, Miss., March 16, 2017– Andy Hunter, a natural resources professional for more than 30 years, has been selected as the District Ranger for the Bienville Ranger District, effective March 6.  Most recently, he served as Biological Scientist on the Homochitto National Forest.

Hunter has an extensive background in managing budgets, recreation, and collaboration, including working with volunteers.  “I look forward to working with the district employees, the local community, and stakeholders to make a difference and enhance the quality of life on the Bienville and surrounding area,” Hunter said. “A great part of working for the Forest Service is our natural resource conservation efforts. Through the work we do today, we will make a huge difference for future generations to come.”

Hunter has served on many acting details in Mississippi and other forests, including district ranger positions on the De Soto Ranger District, the Unaka Ranger District, Cherokee National Forest, Lee Ranger District, George Washington and Jefferson National Forests, and the Pleasant Hill Ranger District, Ozark National Forest.

"We welcome Andy to our leadership team," said National Forests in Mississippi Forest Supervisor Gretta Boley. “Andy has great experience in working with the community and building relationships and partnerships that help us manage national forest lands with great success. Andy brings a great knowledge of Mississippi and the Southern Region with him to his new role.”

Hunter holds a bachelor’s degree in Forestry from the University of Arkansas at Monticello and began his career with the Forest Service as a Forester Trainee on the Tuskegee National Forest. Hunter has two children (Andy Jr and Antionette), two grandchildren (Ava and Tyler) and enjoys traveling, hunting, fishing, golf and most outdoor recreational activities.

 

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