Williamson named Homochitto National Forest District Ranger

Portrait of Shaun Williamson

MEADVILLE, Miss. June 19, 2020 – Shaun Williamson, a wildlife biologist with 20 years natural resources experience, has been selected as the Homochitto District Ranger effective June 22. In his new position, Williamson will oversee management of nearly 200,000 acres of forest land in southwest Mississippi.

“I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues and our partners to enhance forest management on the National Forests in Mississippi,” said Williamson. “I believe strongly in the spirit of cooperation, partnership, and collaboration to complete projects across landscapes.”

Williamson currently serves as the Threatened and Endangered Species Manager and Planning Biologist for the National Forests in Mississippi. Williamson’s experience has taken him from the shortleaf pine-oak ecosystems of north Mississippi to wetland and bottomland hardwood restoration in the Mississippi Delta while working for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before coming to the Forest Service. Over his career, he has concentrated on the study, management, and restoration of the unique and diverse ecosystems of Mississippi. 

Williamson has been part of many working groups, including the core Forest Planning Team during the National Forests in Mississippi Land and Resource Management Plan revision, Wildlife Branch Director for Hurricane Katrina incident command, and numerous Regional and Forest wildlife and ecosystem teams  

“Shaun is a talented and proven leader with a great background in natural resources. His experience working in Mississippi will be a great asset to the National Forests in Mississippi leadership team,” said Forest Supervisor Carl Petrick.

Williamson is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing. He was born and raised in Mississippi and attended Mississippi State University for both undergraduate and graduate studies in Wildlife Ecology.


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