New Bridger-Teton forest supervisor starts work on SundayJul 24, 2013 Staff
The Bridger-Teton National Forest in Fremont County and northwest Wyoming has a new supervisor.
Clinton Khyl has been serving as deputy forest supervisor for the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. He will start at the Bridger-Teton on July 28.
The forest stretches from Yellowstone National Park to the southern end of the Wind River Range, and west to the Idaho border in some places. It's the second-largest national forest int he continental United States.
Acting supervisor Cheryl Probert had been a candidate for the job since being named to the interim post in March.
From 2007 to 2009, Kyle was the incident commander for the Bark Beetle Incident Management Team in southeastern Wyoming and northern Colorado. He and his team developed management strategies to deal with a large bark beetle infestation across 2.5 million acres of national forest.
He also was the district ranger for the Laramie Ranger District on the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, located in Laramie.
Kyhl replaces Jacque Buchanan who transferred to the Rocky Mountain Regional Office this past March.
Oil and gas development, fuels reduction projects and a suggested reorganization of the forest's administrative offices are being debated.
One idea would divide Bridger-Teton functions between Jackson and Alpine. Jacque Buchanan had touted that idea.