Vail Valley: Buck Sanchez named deputy forest supervisor |

Vail Valley: Buck Sanchez named deputy forest supervisor

Vail Daily staff report
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –Buck Sanchez will serve as the deputy forest supervisor for the White River National Forest after seven years as the district ranger on the Smokey Bear Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest, based out of Ruidoso, New Mexico.

“I appreciate the warm welcome I received from the employees of the White River National Forest and the community as a whole,” Sanchez said. “I am impressed by a local culture that is proud of its history. I am looking forward to supporting our employees and Scott Fitzwilliams, White River National Forest supervisor, as we reflect on the past, act in the present, and prepare for the future.”

Sanchez said his initial areas of focus will be internal operations and strategic watershed restoration planning coupled with the agency’s bark beetle response.

“I grew up as a Game and Fish Department brat. Our family moved around New Mexico following my Dad’s career. My grandfather was the horse foreman on Philmont Boy Scout Ranch where he worked for 46 years. I am named after my great-grand father who farmed/ranched in northern New Mexico. Hence, I have strong connections to natural resource management balanced with the needs of our changing social and environmental climates,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez has served in the Plumas National Forest, the Lincoln National Forest, the Cibola National Forest, the Carson National Forest, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, the Santa Fe National Forest and the Gila National Forest.

Sanchez has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from Eastern New Mexico University and a Master of Science degree in Wildlife ScienceNew Mexico State University.

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