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(SD)-BHNF Supervisor Mark Van Every Retiring

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/27/2019 02:24 PM
CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Mark Van Every has announced his retirement on New Year's Eve after a little more than 3 years in that position and 37 years with the Forest Service. 

       A replacement has not yet been named and it will likely be several months before a permanent successor takes over.

      Acting Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien says the Forest Service is thankful for Van Every's service and leadership, and wish him and his wife Janell "the very best in retirement.

    A native of Minneapolis, Van Every served on national forests in Alaska, Wyoing, Utah, Minnesota, Colorado, and Texas before his final stop on the Black Hills National Forest.

      He says "It has been a wonderful career" and that he's been "very privileged and honored to work with so many great people inside the Forest Service and out," adding that he "wouldn't trade those experiences and relationships for anything."

    Van Every calls the Black Hills National Forest "a special place" with hard-working employees as well as stakeholders, partners, special interest groups, National Forest Advisory Board members and countless individuals who give support in managing the forest.

       He says notable accomplishments during his tenure in the Black Hills were his decision on the Resilient Landscapes project, the non-motorized trail strategy, and the start of work to develop a motorized trail strategy to make the forest a better place for multiple use.

      Van Every graduated from Bemidji State University in Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in Wildlife Biology, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Wildland Recreation Management from the University of Idaho.


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