October 30, 2014
RENO, Nev. (AP) - A 22-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service has been named head of the largest national forest outside Alaska.
Jeanne Higgins was selected as supervisor of the 6-million-acre Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, which covers much of Nevada and a
portion of California.
The 50-year-old Higgins is currently forest supervisor of the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest in Wisconsin. She began her Forest Service tenure in 1988 and has worked in four different regions.
Intermountain Regional Forester Harv Forsgren praised Higgins, citing her work on forest health issues in Wisconsin and her wildland fire experience.
Higgins replaces Ed Monnig, who retired in 2009, and assumes the position March 1.
Higgins' husband, Bruce, also is a Forest Service employee.