Avey to retire as supervisor of Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest

Phil Drake

Bill Avey, forest supervisor for the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest, said he plans to retire on Dec. 31, capping off a 40-year career that sometimes placed him on the national as well as local stage.

“After much thought, prayer, reflection and family discussion, I believe it is time for me to focus the time I have left in this temporal gift of life on my wife and our adventures together (and for clarity, I believe in the COVID vaccine and am fully vaccinated),” he said in an email. “I leave the Forest Service with a strong sense of gratitude and thankfulness.”

Avey, 61, said officials are seeking his replacement and plan to have someone in place soon after the start of the new year.

Avey’s announcement comes about two weeks after a new management plan (https://bit.ly/3oDvr4m) was unveiled for the 2.8 million-acre Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. The plan was seven years in the making and will help with management for the next 15 years. 

“I think like anything else we do, there’s parts of it that people are going to like and parts some won’t because you don’t please everyone,” Avey recently told the Montana State News Bureau. “But this

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