About the Region

Meet the Leadership of the Intermountain Region

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Regional Forester

The USDA Forest Service Chief, Vicki Christiansen, has announced that Mary Farnsworth will serve as the new Intermountain Regional Forester. Mary joined the Intermountain Region after serving as the Forest Supervisor of the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for six years. She grew up in San Diego CA, and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University.

Mary’s Forest Service career began on the Umatilla National Forest working in timber planning, silviculture, and wildlife before she headed to the Tahoe National Forest working in Fire Management. She then transferred to the Eldorado National Forest as a District Fire Management Officer before heading to the National Headquarters in Washington DC, where she worked as staff for the National Fire Plan Coordinator. After more than 2 ½ years in DC, Mary became a District Ranger on the Payette National Forest in western Idaho in 2003. She was promoted to the role of Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Deschutes National Forest in Bend OR in 2008, where she served for three years prior to being selected as the Forest Supervisor for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests.

When time allows, Mary likes to mountain bike, and travel to rock hounding sites collecting material for lapidary work to make small jewelry pieces.



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Deputy Regional Forester

Tim Garcia is the new acting deputy regional forester for the Intermountain Region, effective February 8, 2021. Garcia's day job is the director of State and Private Forestry for the Northern and Intermountain Regions. In the past, Tim was a district ranger on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest and Utah Capitol City coordinator. Over his career, Tim has worked in every organizational level of the Forest Service, serving on five National Forests, four regions and the Washington Office. 





Photo of a man from the shoulders up wearing a Forest Service UniformDeputy Regional Forester

Ryan Nehl is the new acting deputy regional forester, effective February 28, 2021.  Nehl has been the Manti-La Sal National forest supervisor since August 2018. Prior to this position, Nehl worked as deputy forest supervisor on the Malheur National Forest.






Former Regional Forester's of the Intermountain Region



Where is the Intermountain Region

The Intermountain Region of the Forest Service encompasses nearly 34-million acres of National Forest System land. The Intermountain Regional Office in Ogden, Utah provides administrative oversight and support to 12 National Forests which are located in Utah, Nevada, western Wyoming, southern and central Idaho, as well as one National Grassland in Idaho and the Rocky Mountain Research Station in Colorado. The National Forest Supervisor's Offices are the headquarters for forest activities and provide oversight and support to the Ranger District offices within the forest boundaries. Ranger Districts are the units that directly manage the national forests and grasslands. Types of management that occur on each district vary significantly. Some districts manage ski areas, wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and resource management programs and extensive recreational uses.

Four major geographic provinces come together to form the Intermountain West. They include the Great Basin, Colorado Plateau, Middle Rocky Mountains and the Northern Rocky Mountains. These provinces are the reason for the tremendous diversity of landscapes and ecosystems within the Intermountain Region.