Stoeffler becomes deputy forest supervisor for Aspen’s White River National Forest
Lisa Stoeffler joined the White River National Forest last month as deputy forest supervisor, the second in command in the 2.3-million acre forest.
Stoeffler most recently worked as the Bozeman District Ranger in the Gallatin National Forest in Montana. She previously worked as ecosystem staff officer in that forest, where she spent a total of 13 years.
In the White River, she will help oversee the highest visited forest for recreation in the country. The forest stretches from Independence Pass to Rifle and from Conundrum Hot Springs to Meeker.
Stoeffler’s areas of expertise include two issues that are percolating in the White River. She is experienced in winter recreation and travel management controversy and allocation, according to her bio. She is also experienced in wilderness and wildland designation and management.
Stoeffler began her career with the U.S. Forest Service in 1986 after graduating from the University of Michigan with a Bachelors of Science degree in forestry.
She worked in northern Minnesota as a timber marker, fire crew member, wilderness ranger and forester trainee, according to a biography released by the White River Supervisor’s Office. After completing her forester training she moved to north Idaho and worked as a planner and timber forester on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.
After those timber-related jobs she focused on recreation-oriented positions. She oversaw the resource and recreation programs for the Ninemile Ranger District in the Lolo National Forest in western Montana. Later she was recreation program manager and deputy area manager at Sawtooth National Recreation Area in central Idaho.
Stoeffler lives in Glenwood Springs with her husband and “one very needy dog.” Their passions include skiing, trail running and playing along rivers. They have two sons in college.
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