Cheri Ford is the new Northern Region Forest supervisor on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest.

She replaces Melany Glossa.

Ford has been acting in that capacity and will officially transition into the role March 17.

Ford was previously the deputy forest supervisor at the Salmon Challis National Forest in Idaho. She has also represented the Forest Service in Colorado to coordinate with various state agencies, members and staff of the state Legislature and the governor’s office.

She has worked for the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests in Montana and previously assisted wildlife and soils programs for the Forest Service’s Northern Regional Office. She also worked in Alaska as a wildlife biologist for the Tongass National Forest and was the wildlife program manager for the Forest Service’s Eastern Region’s Office. She also worked as the tribal government liaison for the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Hiawatha and Ottawa National Forest.

“I am very excited to have Cheri join us in the Northern Region as the new Forest supervisor on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest,” said Leanne Marten, Regional forester. “Cheri brings with her a deep desire and belief in working collaboratively with community members, tribes, local and state governments.  Her strong resource conservation background makes Cheri a wonderful addition to the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and the communities in which she will be working and living.”

Ford was born and raised in Fargo, North Dakota and graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor of science degree in both wildlife biology and forestry. She later got a master’s of natural resource stewardship with a forestry and environmental policy emphasis from Colorado State University.

Ford hunts, skis, kayaks and rafts.

Glossa was promoted to deputy regional forester for the Forest Service’s Eastern Region in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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