La Jara – Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor, Andrea Jones, announced today that Gabriel Romero will begin serving as the Acting District Ranger for the Conejos Peak Ranger District beginning in early September. Romero will serve in a 120-day temporary assignment during Jones’ tenure in her current role.
Romero comes to the RGNF from his position as Supervisory Forester / Silviculturist for the East Zone of the Carson National Forest where he has spent the bulk of his career. Gabe worked on both the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests early in his career as a seasonal Biological Science Technician and Fire Engine Operator.
In 2005, he joined the Carson National Forest and trained in wildlife and forestry through the Student Career Experience Program, converting in 2007 into a Pre-Sale Forester position. Gabe was promoted to his current position in 2014. Romero holds two Bachelor of Science degrees from New Mexico Highlands University in Environmental Science and Forestry.
“Gabe has a deep connection to rural northern New Mexico and will be a great fit to serve the neighboring southern Colorado communities of the Conejos Peak Ranger District,” said Rio Grande National Forest Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor, Andrea Jones, who appointed Romero. “The RGNF will benefit from his skills, experience, and perspective.”
“I am really looking forward to working with the Conejos Peak Ranger District staff and the team on the Rio Grande National Forest in maintaining and building strong relationships with partners, forest users, communities and serving the San Luis Valley,” said Romero. “I am humbled by the opportunity to have served the Carson National Forest, forest users, and surrounding communities throughout my career. I’m am excited to get started serving the Conejos Peak Ranger District with the same passion.”
Romero was raised and currently lives in Mora, New Mexico with his wife and two sons. They enjoy quality family time, hunting, fishing and operating their small cattle ranch.
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