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Los Padres National Forest officials announced that Monterey District Ranger Tim Short has been selected to fill the long-vacant position of Ojai District Ranger. District Rangers from the Santa Barbara, Santa Lucia, and Mt. Pinos Districts have provided administrative coverage for the past five years since Ranger Sue Exline retired.
Short is originally from the Pacific Northwest and began working with the US Forest Service as a seasonal employee in the Umatilla and Okanogan National Forests in Oregon and Washington. He graduated from Oregon State University with a degree in forest management before serving as a community forester with the Peace Corps in Nepal.
Short then worked as a forester in the Tonto National Forest in Arizona before accepting a position as a district recreation officer in the Las Vegas Ranger District of the Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada. This district was later renamed Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Short then accepted a position as an assistant district ranger in the Jackson and Buffalo Ranger districts of Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming, before returning to the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area as a park ranger. district. He then worked as a District Ranger in the Kaibab National Forest before becoming Monterey District Ranger in 2012.
“I am thrilled to be relocating to Ojai and learning more about the district, the community and the dedicated employees who work there,” Short said. “I also look forward to engaging with local stakeholders and the many visitors who come to enjoy these incredible recreational opportunities.
Short reports for service at Ojai on December 5th.