PUBLISHED: 10:00 AM on Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Ranger selected for Wrangell district

A new leader is set to take the reins of the Tongass National Forest's Wrangell Ranger District.

Jane Cropp, who is currently the Public Services Staff Officer for the Payette National Forest in Idaho, has been selected as the new Wrangell District Ranger. Cropp is slated to report to her new job in March and will take over for Michael Davis, who has served as acting district ranger since October 2004.

Cropp said she is very excited about her move to Alaska.

"I have lived in small towns most of my adult life, and love them," said Cropp. "It gives me a real sense of community to be able to go to the store and recognize half the people. I look forward to meeting the people who live and work in Wrangell."

"I'm pleased Jane is joining the Tongass team," said Tongass National Forest Supervisor Forrest Cole. "I'm confident she will do a great job leading the district."

According to Cropp, supporting the local community is her main objective as the new district ranger.

"My highest goal is to ensure communication on the many Forest Service projects with the people in Wrangell and to understand their concerns and desires involving projects we bring to the table," said Cropp. "I also hope to work with the local community to try and bring forward potential community assistance programs the Forest Service is involved with to promote community development goals."

Cropp added that one of her most important responsibilities will be "developing and bringing forward environmentally sound projects that benefit both the local and national communities." "We must ensure these projects do not damage the cornerstone of what attracts people to Alaska ... it's beauty."

Cropp will be arriving in Wrangell with her 4-year-old son, Dylan.