New District Ranger for the Mono Lake area,
Comes from Tahoe, Los Padres forests
The Inyo National Forest’s Mono Lake District has a new ranger, Stephanie Heller.
She was most recently the Acting District Ranger on the Los Padres National Forest, according to a news release from the Inyo National Forest.
According to the forest, Heller, originally from Indiana, moved to Lake Tahoe in 1999 to spend a year as an Americorps member, then fell in love with the Sierra.
“At the end of that year, Stephanie was not ready to leave the natural beauty of Lake Tahoe behind, so she started her Forest Service career as a 30-day emergency hire at the front desk of the Lake Tahoe Basin’s Supervisors Office,” the forest said.
Heller then worked her way up from a seasonal wildlife biologist to a permanent hydrologist, discovering her love for the land and the agency along the way, the forest said.
Most of her career has been with the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit’s Restoration Program, where she focused on planning, designing, and implementing stream and meadow restoration projects.
Most recently she has been the acting District Ranger on the Santa Barbara Ranger District on the Los Padres National Forest, the Inyo said.
Stephanie and her partner David have enjoyed recreating on the Inyo National Forest for many years.
“I am excited to start this new chapter in such an amazing forest,” Heller said. “I look forward to working with our partners to tackle the many complex issues this forest faces.”