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Pocatello forester named to new post in Arkansas

Westside District Ranger Lori Bell has been promoted to Deputy Forest Supervisor of the Ouachita National Forest in Arkansas.

U.S. Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen announced her selection Friday.

“I’m excited for this new opportunity and challenge,” said Bell. “However, it is tempered with some sadness as I leave this wonderful community that I’ve grown to love.”

Bell has played an important role in Forest Service projects including the Gibson-Jack Trailhead relocation, paving and trail re-route, Sage Grouse plan implementation and restoration work on the Curlew National Grasslands.

During her four years in Pocatello, Bell also served as a member of the Great Basin Incident Management Type 2 Team, which actively responded to large fire incidents within Idaho, Utah and Nevada.

Working with Pebble Creek Ski area to transfer the permit and then working with the new owners to improve safety and overall skiing experience has been one of her highlights. “Pebble Ski area offers such a wonderful and unique service to our community and it’s been a pleasure watching the improvements,” said Bell

Bell will start her new position on October 13.

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