Forest Supervisor Named for Leadville District
While the future and duration of the government shutdown hangs in the balance like a delicate ornament on the Yuletide tree, last week the US Forest Service (USFS) announced that a new Forest and Grassland Supervisor had been named for the Leadville Ranger District. In that same day, the federal agency released its official “Contingency Plan for Agency Close Down Procedures,” which readers may peruse in its entity HERE.
But for now, it’s a hearty Leadville welcome to Diana M. Trujillo who is now in charge of nearly three million acres of land, including the Pike and San Isabel National Forests, and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands (PSICC) which is headquartered in Pueblo.
“Throughout my career, I’ve served in a variety of natural resource and leadership positions,” stated Trujillo. “One thing remains the same, and that it the importance of strong relationships and commitment to making well thought-out and inclusive decisions. I promise to deliver on both counts.”
No doubt that is some hopeful news to a number of Lake County organizations and businesses which have seen a suspension in forward movement with their projects and agreements in place, as the federal agency continues to reassess its priorities and management structure. Add to that the recent government shutdown and it’s hard to tell what the present timetables for projects like those in place with the Friends of Twin Lakes and other trail work plans. That said, it’s a nice way to head into the New Year!
About Diana Trujillo
As the new Forest and Grassland Supervisor Trujillo brings 31 years of interagency federal service to the position. She previously served as National Director for the Forest Service Job Corps Program in Lakewood assisting the nation’s disadvantaged youth in becoming better prepared for success in life through education, training, and public service. Before Job Corps, Trujillo held the position of Deputy Forest Supervisor for the PSICC. She has also served as District Ranger, Regional Recreation Director, Policy Analyst, Natural Resources Specialist, and Park Ranger over the course of her career. Her first federal job was on the PSICC in Fairplay and she is happy to be returning.
“I have a soft spot in my heart for the PSICC because of the people, its complexity, and natural resource diversity. It has issues and resources that are representative of those across the U.S. Forest Service all rolled into one incredibly diverse, beautiful forest and grassland unit” said Trujillo. “I’m honored and humbled to be selected as Forest and Grassland Supervisor.”
The PSICC stretches from Central and Southeast Colorado to Southwest Kansas and includes eight Ranger Districts are: Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, South Platte, South Park, Pikes Peak and Comanche in Colorado and Cimarron in Kansas.
Trujillo replaces previous Forest and Grassland Supervisor Erin Connelly who departed in August, 2018. Last month, Max Forgensi was appointed to serve as the Acting Leadville District Ranger, filling a four-month temporary assignment in Leadville and is the third person to hold the position this year.
Martnez Named President of Assessor Association
In other people news, Lake County Assessor Miguel Martinez was recently named presidents of the Colorado Assessors’ Association (CAA).
Martinez was recently sworn in at the 76th Annual CAA Winter Conference held in Colorado Springs earlier this month. Martinez makes history by being the first President from Lake County for the group. For readers unfamiliar with the CAA, according to their mission statement:
The Colorado Assessors Association is dedicated to “Valuing Colorado” with the highest standards of professionalism, using the broadest application of proper appraisal methods, techniques and standards available, in order to assure statewide equalization in the valuation of real and personal property, while maintaining the principle of local control; to provide information to the public so they might acquire a better understanding of the appraisal and assessment process; and to assist with and provide information to the Colorado General Assembly, in order to achieve a “Fair and Equitable” ad valorem system.