The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has selected Tracy Calizon as Monongahela National Forest’s Acting Forest Supervisor. She will lead the 920,000-acre Forest for the next four months, replacing Shawn Cochran who is now Forest Supervisor for Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota.
Calizon began her Forest Service career in Washington, DC, where she worked for Research and Development, as a national litigation coordinator, and with the Office of Tribal Relations as lead author on the USDA/Forest Service Synthesis on Sacred Sites. Her next post was on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, in southwestern Washington State, where she led efforts in sustainable recreation, public affairs, heritage, tribal relations, special uses, and partnerships as the Community Engagement Staff Officer. Most recently, she served as the Assistant Director for Recreation, Lands, and Minerals in the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Regional Office, supporting all national forests in Oregon and Washington.
“I’ve heard fantastic things about the Monongahela and West Virginia and am very happy to be here,” said Calizon. “I’m excited to put my skills to work alongside of all of you who love the Mon!”
Calizon holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia and a law degree, with a concentration in natural resources and public lands law, from University of Colorado. She grew up camping, hiking, and skiing in the parks, forests, and beaches of Virginia and the surrounding area, and enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and traveling with her favorite travel buddies, her husband Bobby and their two teenaged kids.