Schmid, who served as Thorne Bay's ranger for five years, begins his new job Feb. 22.
"Leaving is bitter sweet," said Schmid. "But, I'm looking forward to the new challenges and the opportunity for our 6-and-a-half year old daughter, Maya, to experience things outside Alaska. The hard part is leaving Alaska and the people here. Sandy and I grew up in Alaska."
Schmid is married to Sandy Frost, a member of the Tongass National Forest's Partnership and Public Affairs staff.