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Date: March 13, 2013

Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute Welcomes New Director

FORT COLLINS, Colo., March 13, 2013 – The U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station is pleased to announce Susan Fox as the new Director for the multi-agency Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, Mont.

Susan Fox
Susan Fox

Fox currently serves as the US Forest Service Southern Research Station’s Assistant Director for Forest Values where she manages a portfolio of research that includes economics, policy, upland hardwood ecology, bioenergy, operations, recreation, wilderness, and social science with 80 employees.

Other responsibilities over the years included budget formulation and designing scoping studies to identify areas of scientific expansion for the Station. She served as the main liaison with university, state, federal, congressional, and non-governmental and industry partners across the South.

Her experience leading complex social-biological research programs focusing on climate change impacts to southern forests and air pollution effects, specifically acid rain and ozone, on forests, and designing and implementing a quality assurance program to guide practices within a comprehensive forest ecology research program will benefit not only ALWRI but the entire Rocky Mountain Research Station.

“Wilderness is a gift to us and future generations but most of all it is the gift of safe harbor for all natural things. It is an honor to have this opportunity to contribute to Wilderness science and stewardship,” said Fox.

Her commitment toward wilderness management is quite evident. She began her Forest Service career in 1988. She received her Diplom Forstwirtin (Masters) from Albert Ludwigs Universitaet in Freiburg, Germany, and her B.S. in Forestry from The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.

Susan served as the Acting Director at ALWRI for six months in 2012; her initial introduction to the employees and partners, and the breadth of current research and research opportunities laid a foundation that will allow her to engage fully upon her arrival on May 20th.

ALWRI is the only Federal research group in the United States dedicated to the development and dissemination of knowledge needed to improve management of wilderness, parks, and similarly protected areas. Located on the University of Montana campus in Missoula, the Leopold Institute was formally established in 1993 by the U.S. Forest Service and is administered by the Rocky Mountain Research Station. ALWRI is operated under a Memorandum of Understanding among the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service. Managers and scientists from these agencies play an active role in developing Leopold Institute programs and priorities. Together, they provide a national center for scientists from different disciplines and backgrounds to address the wilderness research needs of land management agencies and organizations.

The Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) is one of seven regional units that make up the U.S. Forest Service Research and Development organization - the most extensive natural resources research organization in the world. The Station maintains 12 field laboratories throughout a 12 state territory encompassing the Great Basin, Southwest, Rocky Mountains, and parts of the Great Plains, and administers and conducts research on 14 experimental forests, ranges, and watersheds, while maintaining long-term databases for these areas. RMRS research is broken into seven science program areas that serve the Forest Service as well as other federal and state agencies, international organizations, private groups, and individuals. To find out more about the RMRS go to www.fs.fed.us/rmrs. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/usfs_rmrs.

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