Monday, March 28, 2011

Lohr Named Forest Supervisor for National Forests in Alabama

Steven Lohr, a District Ranger from the National Forests in North Carolina, will be the new Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in Alabama, according to Liz Agpaoa, Regional Forester for the Southern Region.

“I am very pleased to announce Steve’s selection,” Agpaoa said. “He has worked in the south and southwest as a biologist and line officer. With his varied experiences, I know our employees and partners in Alabama can expect great things under his leadership.”

The National Forests in Alabama, based in Montgomery, is comprised of four national forests covering 667,000 acres in 17 counties. 

Lohr, who since 2008 has been District Ranger on the Tusquitee and Cheoah Ranger District on the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina, will report to Alabama on May 9.

Growing up on the South Carolina coast and working in the southern Appalachians, Lohr said he has a great appreciation for longleaf pine and mountain hardwood forests. Alabama is a perfect fit because it offers both, he said.

“I look forward to working with the unique management challenges on these forests,” Lohr said. “I also am very excited about working with employees and partners to continue the good work there.”

Prior to his assignment in North Carolina, Lohr was forest wildlife biologist on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona. Before that, he worked as a wildlife program leader for the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina. He also has worked as a wildlife biologist for the US Air Force at Shaw Air Force Base and for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, a research assistant at Clemson University and a research biologist at Northern Arizona University. Lohr has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Lander University and a master’s degree in zoology from Clemson University.

Lohr and his wife, Stacy, have been married for 13 years and have three children: Malia, 8, Sam, 5 and Will, 3. An avid mountain biker, Lohr and his family also enjoy hiking and camping.  Lohr’s brother lives in Mobile, Ala., so he is looking forward to more family gatherings in the near future.

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