White River National Forest Welcomes New Aspen-Sopris District Ranger

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. – The White River National Forest welcomes Kevin Warner as the new District Ranger for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. In his new position, Warner will provide oversight of the staff and resources needed to steward approximately 750,000 acres of forest lands, which include five wilderness areas, five ski resorts, and the Maroon Bells Recreation Area.

No stranger to the Roaring Fork valley, Warner has served as acting District Ranger on the district previously and started his Forest Service career as a wilderness ranger on the district. He currently oversees the planning and renewable resource programs for the White River in the Glenwood Springs office.

“We are excited to welcome Kevin to the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District,” said Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams. “Kevin’s diverse experience working with a multitude of stakeholders combined with his passion for leadership and partnering will serve the district well.”

Having held a variety of positions with the Forest Service over the past 15 years, Warner brings a wealth of leadership experience with him. Prior to working on the White River in his current role, Kevin was a District Ranger on the Coronado National Forest in southern Arizona. Before joining the Forest Service, Kevin worked in the ski industry. He has a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University.

“It’s a dream come true for me to come full circle from starting as a wilderness ranger there in my first Forest Service job, to now leading its wonderful staff,” said Warner. “I am very excited for this new role with the White River and am eager to continue the development of strong relationships with local governments, partner organizations, and the community.”

Warner’s family includes wife Stephanie and two daughters. He will start his new post in December and succeeds Karen Schroyer. Schroyer recently moved to Oregon to serve as the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Mt. Hood National Forest.


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