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Aspen-Sopris Ranger District Gets New Director

Alex Hager
Aspen Public Radio

A new district ranger will soon take the helm of the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Kevin Warner will be in charge of approximately 750,000 acres of land in the White River National Forest, including five wilderness areas, five ski resorts and the Maroon Bells Recreation Area.

Warner started his Forest Service career as a wilderness ranger on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, and has previously served as its acting director. He currently oversees the planning and renewable resource programs for the White River National Forest.

Credit Courtesy White River National Forest
Courtesy White River National Forest
Kevin Warner

Warner’s career has also included a stint as district ranger on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and in the ski industry.

The new district ranger will assume the position in December. His appointment comes after after former District Ranger Karen Schroyer took a role with the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon.


Alex is KUNC's reporter covering the Colorado River Basin. He spent two years at Aspen Public Radio, mainly reporting on the resort economy, the environment and the COVID-19 pandemic. Before that, he covered the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery for KDLG in Dillingham, Alaska.