Lincoln National Forest Announces Change in Leadership

ALAMOGORDO, NM – October 24, 2012 – Lincoln National Forest Supervisor, Dr. Robert G. Trujillo has announced his appointment to the USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Regional Office in Albuquerque, NM, as the Deputy Director of Ecosystems, Analysis, Planning, Watershed, Soil and Air. Dr. Trujillo’s arrival to Albuquerque is scheduled for October 29th, 2012. “This is an exciting opportunity in my career and I look forward to the expanded program of work that will involve new challenges of managing natural resources on an even broader scale. My time in southern New Mexico, here on the Lincoln, has truly been a highlight. The experience that I gained will always be treasured and valued,” Trujillo said. Dr. Trujillo served as the Lincoln National Forest Supervisor since January 2011.

Tony Edwards (left) is presented with his 20-year Length of Service Award by US Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell (Spring 2011).

The Lincoln National Forest’s Supervisor position will be filled temporarily with a 120-day appointment by Tony Edwards, who is currently working in the Office of the Chief in Washington, DC, as a Legislative Affairs Specialist. Edwards began his Forest Service career in 1990 as a student employee on the Coronado National Forest, while studying engineering at the University of Arizona. Additional Forest Service experience includes National Project Manager at San Dimas Technology and Development Center and Physical Resources Staff Officer on the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands.

Effective October 29th, 2012, Tony Edwards steps into his new role as Acting Forest Supervisor for the Lincoln National Forest, while his wife and three sons will remain in Virginia. Edwards shared, “I’ll miss my family and their extracurricular activities that include jiu-jitsu, high school marching band events, and competitive gymnastics, but they’re extremely supportive of me and this commitment.”  Edwards is looking forward to his role and, “planning on learning a lot and hopes to forge many new friendships.”

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