Gifford Pinchot National Forest hires new district ranger

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The Gifford Pinchot National Forest last week announced the hiring of Mosé Jones-Yellin as the new Mt. Adams District Ranger.

Jones-Yellin currently is the deputy district ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California, but is no stranger to the Gifford Pinchot — he served as the Cowlitz Valley District Ranger in a temporary detail in 2012.

"This forest has some of the most beautiful and valuable natural resources found anywhere in this country, and it will be a pleasure to join the community and lead these outstanding Forest Service employees," Jones-Yellin said in a release.

Gifford Pinchot National Forest Supervisor Janine Clayton echoed Jones-Yellin's enthusiasm: "We are delighted to welcome Mosé to the Gifford Pinchot team and his young family to southwest Washington."

"Mosé's collaborative land management experience and approach to partnership-building will help foster the wonderful work and relationships ongoing on the Mt. Adams Ranger District," Clayton said.

Jones-Yellin brings a great breadth of knowledge, land management experience and academic achievement to his new position, according to Tauhir Jones, public affairs officer for the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

Jones-Yellin holds a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Carnegie Mellon as well as a master's degree in natural resources and environment from the University of Michigan.

In his role on the Sierra National Forest, Jones-Yellin was responsible not only for the timber program and silviculture department, but also for representing the High Sierra District on the Forest Budget Team.

The new Mt. Adams District ranger will join the team in mid-August and will replace Erin Black, who has been serving as the interim district ranger since the departure of Nancy Ryke, who retired in June.

Jones-Yellin and his wife, Genevra, are parents to twins, Nico and Isa. In his spare time, Jones-Yellin enjoys camping and rock climbing.