Salmon-Challis National Forest gets new rangers for districts bordering Montana

Joshua Murdock

A University of Montana graduate is overseeing the district of an Idaho national forest that shares an extensive border with Montana and the Bitterroot National Forest. 

Chris Waverek was named the North Fork District Ranger last month, Salmon-Challis National Forest officials announced in late August. He started as the district ranger Aug. 14.

The appointment came after Waverek was made the district’s temporary district ranger for 120 days beginning April 25. Waverek, who holds a degree in resource conservation from UM, has worked for the U.S. Forest Service since 1999. He was the regional fire planner for the agency’s Pacific Southwest Regional Office in California before his move to the Salmon-Challis National Forest. He previously worked on the Salmon-Challis as the forest’s South Zone fuels program manager from 2016 to 2020. 

The 845,849-acre North Fork Ranger District borders Montana and the Bitterroot National Forest from Lost Trail Pass west along the range’s southern end. It also borders Montana’s Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest along the Idaho-Montana state line to the southeast of Lost Trail Pass, west of Wisdom, Montana, and covering the western slope of the Beaverhead Mountains northern end. On its west side, west of Salmon, the district includes an

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