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New Gila Leader

Incoming Forest Supervisor began Forest Service career on GNF


The new Forest Supervisor is no stranger to the Gila.

Adam Mendonca, who takes over July 13 as supervisor of the Gila National Forest, began his Forest Service career working as a seasonal firefighter on the Gila while completing a Forestry degree at Northern Arizona University.

After graduation he obtained his first permanent position within the Forest Service as an assistant engine foreman. From there, he moved into planning and later became a district ranger on the Bridger-Teton National Forest in western Wyoming.

He most recently served as Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado, where his duties included the management and oversight of timber, minerals, watershed health, recreation, lands, administration, budget, planning, engineering, wildlife and range. As a result of these duties, he has had the opportunity to work closely with communities, employees and stakeholders on the many challenges associated with forest management.

“I look forward to the experiences I will gain in my new position as the Forest Supervisor for the Gila National Forest. I believe new experiences provide great opportunities to learn, to build new relationships and improve the mark we leave on the land,” Mendonca said. “I am very excited to move back to the Silver City area and eager to work with the people in and around the Gila National Forest.”


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