White Mountain National Forest Welcomes New Deputy Forest Supervisor

Contact(s): Colleen Mainville, 603-536-6243

Campton, NH, June 27, 2018 The White Mountain National Forest is pleased to welcome its new Deputy Forest Supervisor, Diane Taliaferro. Coming from New Mexico, Taliaferro will play an important role in the leadership of the White Mountain National Forest. “I am very pleased to welcome Diane to the Forest,” said Forest Supervisor Clare Mendelsohn. “Her diverse background, experience and education will be a great asset to our team.”

A woman in Forest Service Uniform smiles into the camera.Originally from Montana, Diane grew up in a Forest Service family and is a fourth generation Forest Service employee. Her grandfather was Director of Fire and Aviation in Missoula, MT. She has fond memories of Forest Service family picnics, joining her grandfather at the Smokejumper base in Montana when Lassie came to town, and seeing her dad return from fires smelling of smoke with a scruffy beard. Diane’s great grandfather and family worked in fire lookouts, cooked for Civil Conservation Corps and helped build the road over Lolo pass in the Bitterroot Range of the Northern Rockies. 

Diane began her career with the Forest Service in Gardiner, Montana as a firefighter and has worked on several National Forests throughout the Northern Rockies, Intermountain Region and Southwest as a Recreation Wilderness Trails Manager, Wilderness, Wild and Scenic River and Cave Program Manager, and in the USDA Forest Service Washington Office as the Wild and Scenic River agency lead. She most recently served as the Silver City District Ranger on the Gila National Forest. 

Taliaferro has an undergraduate degree in environmental engineering and education from Montana State University and her graduate degree in Ecosystem Management from the University of Montana.

She enjoys hiking, backpacking, boating, canyoneering and skiing with friends and family, including her Australian Shepherd. “I’m looking forward to using my experience in Wilderness, recreation and rivers to improve opportunities here on the White Mountain National Forest,” said Taliaferro. “I’m excited to meet all of our dedicated partners, volunteers, and public and learn how we can continue to work together for this special place.”