Yosemite National Park has announced that Kathleen Morse, a 20-year employee of the U.S. Forest Service, is the park's new chief of planning.
Morse previously worked as forest supervisor for the Lassen National Forest and has also held positions with the Forest Service in Montana, Alaska and Pennsylvania.
After working as an economist for private business, Morse started her career as a forest planner on the Modoc National Forest in Northern California. She then worked as regional economist in the Alaska Region of the Forest Service, where she helped develop the forest plan for the Tongass National Forest and was responsible for evaluating regional and international timber markets. While working in California, she helped set management direction for 11 national forests in the state.
"This is an exciting time for planning in Yosemite National Park," Acting Superintendent Dave Uberuaga said in a press release issued by the park. "We are excited to have someone with Kathleen's diverse experience joining us here in Yosemite."
Morse has a bachelor's degree in natural resource economics and she attended graduate school at the University of Washington. She is an avid backpacker, climber, back-country skier and scuba diver, according to the press release.
Morse will begin her new position in mid-February.