A love of the outdoors inspires a Forest Service employee to support her natural resource mission

Beverly Carroll
Office of Communication, U.S. Forest Service
August 18th, 2014 at 5:00PM

Jennifer Heisey Barnhart has always loved the outdoors so it’s only logical that all of her jobs have been working outdoors.

Jennifer is a fairly new employee of the U.S. Forest Service, currently working with the Andrew Pickens Ranger District on the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina for almost four years, but her experience as a natural resources specialist is many years strong.

“From a very young age, I’ve always found ways to have fun outdoors and learn about my natural resources,” Barnhart said. She has held jobs as a backcountry caretaker, trail maintenance, and recreation planner.

She credits her hard-working, blue collar family for setting goals and striving for the best.  She has never feared trying new things and wants everyone to strive in doing their best.

“One of my biggest accomplishments was completing an Ironman competition covering 140.6 miles,” she said.

Read more about how Barnhart competed and finished the race in her Forest Service feature “Faces of the Forest”, an online showcase that highlights the people, places, and professions within the agency.