Winnsboro native new Kisatchie supervisor

Margrett L. (Gretta) Boley, a native of Winnsboro, Louisiana, has been selected as Forest Supervisor of the Kisatchie National Forest in Pineville.

Ms. Boley, a seasoned professional of the USDA Forest Service, succeeded Lynn Neff, who retired earlier this year. Prior to her present appointment which began December 1, Ms. Boley was Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Daniel Boone National Forest in Winchester, Kentucky. She will be responsible for all management programs in the 600,000 acre Kisatchie National Forest. This includes a large recreation program including over 50 recreation areas, 350 miles of hiking, biking, horse, and off-road-vehicle trails, an 8,700 acre wilderness, two national wildlife management preserves, an active timber program, one of the largest prescribed fire programs in the nation, and one of the largest populations of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker.

"I am excited about this opportunity and I look forward to serving the forest, serving the public, and serving the employees of the Kisatchie National Forest," stated Boley. "I will embark on this opportunity with enthusiasm and dedication to meet the needs of the forest."

"Gretta brings a wealth of experience and a proven track record to the Kisatchie National Forest," stated Bob Jacobs, Regional Forester for the 134-state Southern Region based in Atlanta. "We are thrilled that Gretta has accepted this position and we look forward to working with her on challenges facing the Kisatchie."

Prior to her assignment at the Daniel Boone National Forest, Boley served at the USDA Forest Service headquarters in Washington DC, as the Budget Coordinator and Assistant Program Leader for the soils program on the Soil, Water, and Air Staff. A native of Winnsboro, Louisiana, Boley graduated from Southern University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy and did post graduate work in forestry at the University of Arizona. Her career with the Forest Service began in 1978 as a soil scientist. She has held several positions with other federal agencies including the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation. In addition, she has been involved in planning and litigation work as an Appeals Specialist for the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service.