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HerStory: Meet Margaret Hangan

This story is part of a series highlighting the contributions women have made to the Forest Service. If you’d like to nominate someone to be featured in a HerStory piece, please contact Berlinda Baca.

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Margaret Hangan, archaeologist, next to a ruin on Kaibab National Forest. USDA Forest Service photo.

WASHINGTON, DC—Margaret Hangan is heritage program manager for the Kaibab National Forest. A career archaeologist with extensive experience in the private sector, she came late to federal service, moving directly into heritage management positions. Her first federal job was with the Bureau of Land Management. In 2003, she transitioned to the Forest Service as Heritage and Tribal Relations Program Manager for the Cleveland National Forest. Three years later, she took her current position on the Kaibab National Forest.

Although Hangan is beginning her 13th year in that official role, she has taken on ever more complex duties, working with the Kaibab and other forests on the Rim Country Environmental Impact Statement, the Four Forest Restoration Initiative and more. In the wider community, she is a co-chair of the Arizona Historic Archaeology Advisory Committee and a member of the Arizona Governor’s Archaeological Advisory Council. Recently, the Natural Inquirer program featured her in their Scientist Card series. She has also served as President of the Southwestern Region’s Regional Civil Rights Committee, doing work that focused on diversity inclusion, LGBTQ recognition and other salient issues.

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Hangan has thought a lot about women, particularly women of color, working in the Forest Service. “I think there’s a lot of room to grow around women and families and being a little more family-friendly,” says Hangan. And such issues are particularly pressing given that, as she observes, “more and more women” are choosing archaeology as a profession. “I think more and more women are gravitating towards federal positions as opposed to private industry, because federal positions are a lot more secure, a lot more stable, especially if you have a family,” she adds.

Read and listen to Hangan's full interview.

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