Robert West Named Deputy Forest Supervisor for Monongahela National Forest

In a press release dated September 6th, it was announced that Forest Supervisor Shawn Cochran has selected Robert West to serve as the new deputy forest supervisor on Monongahela National Forest which includes more than 919,000 acres in 10 counties in the highlands of West Virginia.

Supervisor Cochran said  “Robert has served Monongahela National Forest well as the acting deputy forest supervisor over the past few months. His leadership and strategic thinking skills will be put to good use on managing all aspects of this national forest.”

West comes to the Monongahela after eight years serving as the district ranger for the St. Ignache and Sault Ste. Marie Districts on the Hiawatha National Forest. He also served in temporary assignments as forest supervisor on the Shawnee and deputy forest supervisor on the Payette and Monongahela National Forests.

“I look forward to getting to know the Monongahela, assisting the folks who manage our forest, and working with local communities and partners in our shared stewardship of this very special place,” West said.

West began his federal career as a park ranger with the National Park Service in Montana. He has served as a partnership coordinator on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, a staff assistant in the Office of the Chief, and a program specialist in Fire and Aviation Management in Washington, D.C. He is enthusiastic about the outdoors, camping, flyfishing and classic cars. He and his wife Jessica are excited about this new opportunity and adventure.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

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