Francis Marion District Ranger

Rhea Whalen

Rhea Whelan, District Ranger

Phone: (843) 336-3248

Prior to her position as district ranger, Whalen served as the district wildlife biologist on the Boston Mountain Ranger District on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests in Arkansas. She also worked for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a park ranger and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

“I always heard that the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests are leaders in integrated natural resource management,” she said. “ I’m proud and happy to be a part of this team.”

Whalen began her career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1993 as a freshman in college. She earned a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife management from Arkansas Tech University in 2001. She worked for six ranger districts on the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests in Arkansas as a general laborer, biological science aid, fisheries biologist trainee and wildlife biologist.

Whalen is married to Keith, a fisheries biologist, and has two sons, a daughter and four grandchildren. Whalen enjoys gardening, hunting, fishing and crafting.