Jacque Buchanan, Acting Regional Forester for the Rocky Mountain Region, announced Mark Van Every as the new Black Hills National Forest Supervisor in Custer, S.D.
Van Every has over 33 years of experience with the U.S. Forest Service and has worked on many forests across the nation, including the Tongass National Forest in Juneau, Alaska, Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, Dixie National Forest in Utah, the Superior National Forest in Minnesota and the White River National Forest in Colorado.
For the past four years, Van Every has been serving as Forest Supervisor on the National Forests and Grasslands in Texas. He has extensive experience in forest management, oil and gas, stewardship, fire suppression, prescribed burning and special uses.
“Van Every has outstanding leadership skills from his many challenging assignments throughout the Forest Service,” said Acting Regional Forester Jacque Buchanan. “His public land management background and experience in working with a wide variety of individuals, groups and organizations will serve him well as Forest Supervisor in the Black Hills.”
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from Bemidji State University in Minnesota and holds a Master of Science degree in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Idaho. Mark and his wife Janell have three daughters; Kathryn, Leslyn and Natalie. He begins his new assignment on August 22, 2016.
The Black Hills National Forest consists of 1.2 million acres of forested hills and mountains, approximately 110 miles long and 70 miles wide. The Forest Supervisor’s office is located in Custer, South Dakota with oversight of four ranger districts.
Visit http://www.fs.usda.gov/blackhills for more information on the Black Hills National Forest.