Manti-La Sal NF welcomes new forest supervisor

Mark Pentecost has been named the new supervisor for the Manti-La Sal National Forest. Pentecost began the new job on Oct. 20, according to a news release from the U.S. Forest Service.

Pentecost came to the Manti-La Sal district from a position as district ranger on the Kawishiwi Ranger District, Superior National Forest in Ely, Minnesota.

Prior to working for the Forest Service, Pentecost was the deputy director of the Georgia Land Trust, Inc./Alabama Land Trust, Inc., and his primary duties involved land protection and land stewardship programs. He served in the U.S. Army as an Infantry officer, where he commanded the 1st Ranger Battalion in Savannah, Georgia, and 5th Ranger Training Battalion in Dahlonega, Georgia.

“His previous background and experience as a district ranger on the Superior National Forest and his previous work for a land trust and in the Army will give him an experienced perspective to lead the Manti-La Sal National Forest,” said USFS Regional Forester Nora Rasure.

Pentecost will replace Allen Rowley, who had been acting forest supervisor for the Manti-La Sal district, while working as forest supervisor for the Fishlake National Forest.

Rowley’s work focused on determining how the two forests could cut costs by collaborating. Several work groups, such as fire, fleet and road maintenance now share employees due to his efforts.

The Intermountain Region considered merging the Manti-La Sal and Fishlake districts, but concluded a merger would not result in the efficiencies it expected, the news release stated.

The Manti-La Sal National Forest is made up of five districts: the Sanpete District; the Ferron/Price Districts; and the Moab/Monticello Districts. The districts and district rangers are under the overall direction of the forest supervisor.