David Palmer, an 18-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a Humboldt State University graduate, has been selected to serve as the new District Ranger on the Gasquet Ranger District/Smith River National Recreation Area of Six Rivers National Forest.
“We’re very excited to have Dave come here and become part of the leadership of the Forest,” said Acting Six Rivers National Forest Supervisor Mike Minton in a statement. “He comes to us from the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests in Nevada, where he has been for the last nine years. He managed the Range Program on the Ely Ranger District for three years and six years as the Forest Range Program Manager.”
Palmer graduated from HSU in 2001 with a degree in rangeland resource and wildland soil science. On top of Humboldt-Toiyabe, Palmer’s Forest Service credentials include: three years on a hotshot fire crew and three years on a timber crew, both in the Eldorado National Forest and three years as district range specialist/soil scientist in the Ochoco National Forest in Oregon.
“I am very excited to be getting back on a ranger district, especially one with water, trees and abundant recreational opportunities,” said Palmer in a statement. “I look forward to working with Forest staff and getting familiar with the district. I have been reading about the locale on the web, and it sounds like a great place to live and work.”
Palmer recently married Kristen Beck, who also works for the Humboldt-Toiyabe, and he has two grown children, both of whom are Army veterans. Palmer loves to cook, is an avid rockhounder and looks forward to improving his fly fishing skills, according to the statement.
Palmer, who’s first day on the job is May 19, replaces Mary Kay Vandiver, who was district ranger for 11 years.