She was here previously as an Interim Appointment. Sarah LaPlante, who was named as the new Permanent District Ranger for both the Mi-Wok and Summit Ranger Districts, has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than 10 years. She worked with the National Roundtables for Sustainable Forests in Washington DC, and spent five years managing recreation, wilderness, and special uses in her home state of NH. Since 2014 she has worked on the Sierra National Forest, where in addition to providing District leadership she was the primary Forest Service representative with the Dinkey Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Project. The group consists of stakeholders representing diverse public, private, local and state government, and tribal interests, and has had great success finding common ground to plan forest restoration projects.
LaPlante also brings multiple years of experience working in a Forest heavily impacted by tree mortality. LaPlante received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College in 2000, where she studied Environmental and Evolutionary Biology and received a Master of Environmental Management and a Master of Forestry from the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University in 2007.