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Flathead National Forest Announces New Leader

Flathead National Forest

The Flathead National Forest announced Friday that it has a new leader. Kurt Steele will replace former Forest Supervisor Chip Weber who retired earlier this month.
Steele is currently the deputy forest supervisor for Idaho’s Nez-Perce Clearwater National Forest and has served in the position for the past three years. He’s also filled in for temporary stints as forest supervisor there and here in Montana on the Bitterroot National Forest as well as other locations.

Steele began his career as a wildland firefighter and eventually became a silviculturist. He then moved onto positions in forestry planning. He holds a bachelor of science in natural resources.

He’s due to start work with the Flathead National Forest in mid-February.

Aaron graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism in 2015 after interning at Minnesota Public Radio. He landed his first reporting gig in Wrangell, Alaska where he enjoyed the remote Alaskan lifestyle and eventually moved back to the road system as the KBBI News Director in Homer, Alaska. He joined the MTPR team in 2019. Aaron now reports on all things in northwest Montana and statewide health care.
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