Thompson named interim ANF chief

Clyde Thompson has been named Acting Forest Supervisor for the ANF beginning in mid-May until a permanent replacement is selected.

He will fill the position being vacated by Erin Connelly, who will transfer to the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and the Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands to serve as their Forest and Grassland Supervisor. Connelly’s reporting date to her new location is May 5, 2014.

Thompson is currently the Forest Supervisor of the Monongahela National Forest based in Elkins, W.Va. Prior to his time on the Monongahela National Forest, Thompson served as Forest Supervisor on the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan and as Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. He has also served as a District Ranger on the Coconino National Forest in Arizona and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah.

When asked to describe his leadership goal, Thompson responded: “My goal is to facilitate peace, stability, and a productive workplace during these changing and unsettled times.”

He added, “in these times, it is important to expand our mission to include the interests of our adjacent landowners and communities.”

Thompson is extremely familiar with the management issues and concerns facing the ANF and brings a wealth of leadership experience. On occasion, Thompson has been known to sport suspenders to bring a little dignity to his appearance and fun to the workplace.

An open house/reception is being planned for later in May to introduce Thompson to ANF partners and forest users. Details are forthcoming.