Coconino Forest Supervisor takes Washington position

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - After more than six years as the Coconino National Forest Supervisor, Nora Rasure has accepted a position in Washington, D.C. as the Deputy Director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources.

Rasure will begin her new position July 20, taking with her a breadth of perspective and experience, having already worked at district and forest levels and with regional offices throughout her 29-year career.

"Nora brings a wealth of knowledge and experience working collaboratively with individuals and groups," stated Regional Forester Corbin Newman. "Her leadership skills will serve her well in her new job," he added. An acting forest supervisor is yet to be determined but will be announced soon.

Rasure's career and line officer decision-making experiences have groomed her to deal with conflict and work among differing interests and values throughout the forest.

"I have enjoyed working with our communities, as they are very knowledgeable, engaged and have a lot of ownership in the forest and how it's managed," Rasure said. "Flagstaff and the communities within the Coconino have shown a level of interest that not all National Forests have the benefit of, and I have valued working with such passionate community members. I also have enjoyed working with ... Coconino employees whom I will miss very much."

Rasure graduated from the University of Illinois in 1980 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Management. She has worked for the Forest Service since 1980 in a variety of positions on six national forests in four different regions.

Her early assignments were on the Las Vegas Ranger District of the Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada where she served as a Crew Leader for both the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and the Young Adult Conservation Corps (YACC) programs.

She held several positions on the Carson Ranger District, Toiyabe National Forest from 1985 to 1990, including assignments as District Recreation, Lands and Minerals Staff Officer; and Fire Prevention and Fuels Management Officer. Rasure served as a District Ranger on the West Fork Ranger District, Bitterroot National Forest in Montana from 1991 to 1997.

She completed assignments as Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Coronado National Forest in Arizona and Acting Forest Supervisor on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico between 1997 and 2000 before becoming the Forest Supervisor on the Colville National Forest in Washington from 2000 to 2003.

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