New Acting Ranger for Leadville District
Earlier this week, Acting Forest and Grassland Supervisor Carolyn Upton selected Max Forgensi to serve as the Acting Leadville District Ranger. Forgensi comes to the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) from the White River National Forest. He is filling a four-month temporary assignment in Leadville and is the third person to hold the position this year.
“I’m eager to join this community and hear from citizens, partners and leadership about Leadville’s strengths and to tackle challenges,” Forgensi said. “Leadville has great people and outstanding natural resources.”
Forgensi is the Mountain Sports Specialist on the Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District of the White River National Forest (NF) where he administers over 100 outfitter/guide permits. He has also worked on the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest as a natural resource specialist. Forgensi was an engine captain and an avalanche forecaster for the Manti-La Sal National Forest. He started his federal career with the National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park. As an avid backcountry skier and trail runner, Max shares his love of the outdoors with his two children.
DID YOU KNOW? The Leadville Ranger District of the San Isabel National Forest is located in Leadville, Colorado at 10,152 ft. The Ski Cooper Ski Area at Tennessee Pass (Hwy 24) at 10,425 ft is located in the northern part of the district; Fremont Pass (Hwy 91) at 11,300 ft. is the northeastern portion of the district and Headwaters of the Arkansas River; Mosquito Pass (the highest 4WD pass in the U.S.) at 13,186 ft. can be accessed from the eastern portion of the district; and Independence Pass (the highest paved pass in the U.S.) at 12,100 ft. can be accessed from the western part of the district via Hwy 82. The district encompasses 286,000 acres and includes the Mt. Massive Wilderness (27,980 acres), the Holy Cross Wilderness (122,797 acres), the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness (166,938 acres), and the Buffalo Peaks Wilderness (43,410 acres). Wilderness single unit management comprises an additional 42,400 acres. The district is host to Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in Colorado at 14,433 ft.