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Monica Lear named Station Director for the USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station

Posted date: December 13, 2019

FORT COLLINS, Colo., Dec. 13, 2019 – The USDA Forest Service has chosen Dr. Monica Lear to champion science, diversity, and a positive work environment in her new role as the permanent Station Director of the Rocky Mountain Research Station. Monica has served as the Acting Station Director since July of this year.

Upon hearing the announcement of her selection, Monica stated, “I’m looking forward to channeling my energy for integrating science into all aspects of the Forest Service organization. The work we do here at Rocky Mountain Research Station improves lives and landscapes and has the potential to impact resource management at local, regional, and global scales.”  

"Monica brings excellent credentials to this position," said Dr. Alexander Friend, Deputy Chief for Research and Development. "We are confident in her ability to integrate science and deliver the mission of the Agency."

Before coming to Rocky Mountain Research Station, Monica served as Associate Deputy Chief of USDA Forest Service Research and Development in Washington, D.C. She began her Forest Service career as the Director of Forest Health Protection in State and Private Forestry in June 2014. Prior to the Forest Service, she worked as Associate Director and State Forester at the District of Columbia’s Department of Transportation. Past professional experience also includes serving as Assistant Director of Horticulture and Quarantine Programs at the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She earned Doctorate and Master’s Degrees in Plant Health from Louisiana State University.

“I hope to bring a fresh perspective, ask tough questions, and continue to motivate this highly talented team to conduct relevant and important research that we can use to strengthen shared stewardship efforts and continue to care for our natural resources,” said Monica.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven units within the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development. RMRS maintains 14 field laboratories throughout a 12-state territory encompassing parts of the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and the Great Plains. RMRS also administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges and watersheds and maintains long-term research databases for these areas. While anchored in the geography of the West our research is global in scale. To find out more about the RMRS go to You can also follow us on Twitter at




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