BTNF gets new supervisor

WYOMING – Bridger-Teton National Forest has a new supervisor.

On Tuesday, Intermountain Region Regional Forester Mary Farnsworth introduced Chad Hudson, formerly the deputy forest supervisor of Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest, as the successor of longtime Bridger-Teton National Forest Supervisor Tricia O’Connor.

O’Connor is retiring at the end of the month.

“We are excited that Chad has accepted the position to lead the Bridger-Teton National Forest, he will bring a wealth of experience to the position,” Farnsworth said in a release. “His diverse experience in recreation, range, wildlife, wildland fire and leadership will assist the Bridger-Teton National Forest continue to implement an ambitious forest management program.”

In addition to his most recent position, Hudson detailed as forest supervisor at both Uinta-Wasatch-Cache and Bridger-Teton national forests. He also served as assistant director and deputy director in the Forest Service Range Management and Vegetation Ecology staff in Washington D.C.

Hudson’s early career included a stint as a district ranger on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest. He also previously worked on the Bridger-Teton National Forest as a recreation manager and National Environmental Protection Act coordinator. He started his natural resources career as a warden of tourism on the Gahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda with the Peace Corps.

Hudson received his bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University.