Ouachita Forest announces new resources officer | Environment
Hot Springs, Ark – Steve Cole has been chosen as the Integrated Resource Staff Officer, responsible for Wildlife, Botany, Range, Timber, Silviculture, Soils, Hydrology, and Fisheries. The Integrated Resources group helps with project planning and implementation to manage vegetation, soils, water, and wildlife to benefit ecosystem health.
Cole is a 1982 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Forest Resources and has completed several temporary appointments on the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming and Fort Lewis Forestry Section (Department of Defense) in Washington. From 1984 – 1988, Cole served as a Supervisory Forester and Inventory Forester on Forest Surveys, moving through Louisiana, Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma, and Mississippi.
In 1988, Cole was named District Silviculturist on the Womble Ranger District in Mt. Ida, Arkansas. He remained on the Womble District until 1995 when he transferred to Chattooga River and Blue Ridge Ranger Districts in North Georgia on the Chattahoochee National Forest, where he worked as District Silviculturist. In 2008, Cole came to the Ouachita National Forest as District Ranger for the Poteau-Cold Springs Ranger District.
Cole and his wife Mitzi have roots in Arkansas; Mitzi grew up in Jonesboro and attended both the University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University. Steve spent several years in Arkansas prior to his current position and was an active runner and race volunteer for running events in and around Hot Springs and Little Rock.