Sweet Home district ranger takes job as forest supervisor in Indiana

Melany Glossa, district ranger with the Sweet Home Ranger District, Willamette National Forest, U.S. Forest, has accepted a new position, forest supervisor with the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana, and has resigned her position in Sweet Home.

Glossa had been district ranger since 2007.

Jennifer Lippert, a aWillamette National Forest botanist, will be acting district ranger beginning on Jan. 3.

The process of selecting and hiring a new district ranger can take several months, said Public Affairs Officer Jennifer O’Leary.

Lippert began her career with the Forest Service as a botanist in 1989.

Over her career, she served as the botanist for the Lowell Ranger District, which was later combined with the Rigdon and Oakridge ranger fistricts to form the Middle Fork Ranger District.

She also served as the Region 6 Botanist for west-side forests for two years (Region 6 encompasses Forest Service-administered lands in Oregon and Washington).

Lippert completed a bachelor of science in biology at Colorado College prior to coming to Oregon to complete her master’s in plant ecology at the University of Oregon.