Welcome to new Tonto National Forest Supervisor

Neil Bosworth the new Forest Supervisor on the Tonto National Forest - July 2012Phoenix (July 10, 2012) -- Neil Bosworth, new forest supervisor appointed to the Tonto National Forest, reported last month from his former position as a member of the Forest Service Legislative Affairs staff in Washington, D.C ., where he worked on national level policy issues such as climate change, fire and fuels, and wilderness designation.  He is accompanied in his re-assignment by wife Amy and two children, Reid and Maggie. 

“Amy and I are thrilled to be back out West and I am excited to be leading one of the crown jewels of the Forest Service.  The Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited, complex, and diverse national forests in the nation,” stated Bosworth.  “It’s just a fascinating forest, with its ecological diversity and high recreation use -- a destination forest for Arizonians as well as visitors from all over the world."

Bosworth’s assignments have included a four-year assignment as a district ranger at the Lowman Ranger District, Boise National Forest, where his focus was developing partnerships and collaboration around landscape-scale restoration projects.  Previous to that, Bosworth worked in South Dakota on the Black Hills National Forest in timber and planning, the Deschutes National Forest in Oregon as a Natural Resource Team Leader, and on the Clearwater National Forest, Idaho, in fire.  He also worked as a volunteer at the Intermountain Research Station, Fire Lab, in Missoula, Montana, after serving in the U.S. Air Force.  Bosworth has a B.S. degree in Forestry from the University of Montana, and an M.S. degree in Fire Ecology from Colorado State University.