A familiar face at the White River National Forest is moving on. District Ranger Karen Schroyer will leave the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District later this summer.
Schroyer has spent five years overseeing 750,000 acres of forest, which include five wilderness areas, several historical sites, ski resorts and the popular Maroon Bells Recreation Area, as well as a natural gas storage facility.
She has worked to improve wildlife habitat and reduce the impact of recreation.
Schroyer was part of a team that created a plan that allows for permitting of overused camping areas, like Conundrum Hot Springs.
“I believe that the work that we’ve done in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness has created a benchmark for a lot of other wilderness areas across the agency,” she said.
Schroyer also coordinated the response to last summer’s Lake Christine Fire.
She has accepted a position as the Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon and will be leaving in early August.