By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Forest Service adds staff in Wrangell, mostly to work on recreation projects


April 17, 2024

Mark C. Robinson / Wrangell Sentinel

Claire Froelich, an interpretation and conservation education specialist, is among the new U.S. Forest Service staff members in Wrangell.

The U.S. Forest Service is adding a dozen new positions in Wrangell, plus changing two jobs from seasonal to permanent. Most of the new hires are on the job, with a couple still in the hiring process.

District Ranger Tory Houser estimated it's a 15% to 20% gain in staff.

"Many of the positions are recreation positions," she said. "In our case, the influx is more a management decision to transition from having seasonal, temporary employees to having permanent employees that work a seasonal schedule."

Houser added the new staffers will be involved in multiple recreation projects in the area, inc...

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