Rodney Smoldon named new Colville National Forest supervisor

Rodney Smoldon named new Colville National Forest supervisor

Rodney Smoldon has been named the new Forest Supervisor on the Colville National Forest.

Smoldon is currently the District Ranger on the Three Rivers Ranger District of the Colville. He has served in different leadership roles such as a District Ranger on the Okanogan-Wenatchee, Plumas and El Dorado National Forests, and Deputy Forest Supervisor in Region 6.

An eastern Washington native, Smoldon graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1985 with a degree in recreation and leisure services. Smoldon began his career on the Colville in 1985 working as a forestry technician on the Kettle Falls District. Prior to leading the Colville National Forest, Smoldon was a recreation program manager on the Klamath National Forest in California and a District Ranger on the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Cle Elum, Washington.

“I am excited to be the Forest Supervisor of the Colville National Forest, and I look forward to continuing and expanding on the good work we are doing with our partners, neighbors and local communities,” Smoldon said. “This is where I’m from and where I began my career, so it is a great pleasure to lead the Colville and all of its amazing and talented employees.”

Headquartered in Colville, Washington, the Colville National Forest is located in northeastern Washington and covers 1.1 million acres. It includes the Kettle River, Selkirk mountain ranges, and the upper reaches of the Columbia River.