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From the USFS: Los Padres National Forest names new forest supervisor

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News – 12/27/2017

U.S. Forest Service

Pacific Southwest Region

Los Padres National Forest
6750 Navigator Way
Goleta, California 93117

News Release

For Immediate Release

December 27, 2017

Media Contact: Andrew Madsen
(805) 961-5759

Twitter: @LosPadresNF

Los Padres National Forest names new forest supervisorGOLETA, Calif. – U.S. Forest Service officials announced the selection of Kevin Elliott as the new forest supervisor for the Los Padres National Forest. Elliott succeeds Bob Baird, who was promoted in May to become the director of Fire and Aviation Management within the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional headquarters in Vallejo. Elliott currently serves as the forest supervisor for the Sequoia National Forest in Porterville, a position he has held since 2011. During his 37 years with the Forest Service, Elliott has worked in national forests in Utah, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, as well as out of the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters, where he specialized in legislative affairs for three years. “Kevin is keen with relationships internally and externally, has a wealth of knowledge and is ideally suited for the Los Padres and the surrounding community,” said Randy Moore, regional forester for the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Region. Elliott is a native of Lockport, Illinois. He holds bachelor’s degrees in recreation resource management, as well as zoology and botany from the University of Montana in Missoula. He’s also a 2004 graduate of the Senior Executive Fellows Program through the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

“I look forward to joining the Los Padres staff and engaging with the local communities,” Elliott said. “The Los Padres National Forest is a special place with dedicated and involved communities and partners. I’m looking forward to working with everyone as we continue our shared commitment to making a difference, restoring and sustaining our landscapes, and providing benefits and ecological services in a changing environment.”

Elliott is married and has two children and three grandchildren and enjoys fly fishing, birding and competitive handgun shooting. Deputy Forest Supervisor Ken Heffner will serve as interim forest supervisor until Elliott assumes his post on Jan. 22.

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