The Nebraska National Forests and Grasslands (NNFG) will welcome a new forest supervisor, Jack Isaacs, in May. No stranger to the area, Isaacs is a native of South Dakota and will take the reins following a stint as the deputy forest supervisor of the Humboldt – Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada.
Isaacs was born and raised on a cattle and sheep ranch near Faith, S.D., with his parents, grandparents and an older sister. He attended grade school in a small two-room country school, graduated from Faith High School and received a degree in range science from South Dakota State University.
Isaacs actually started his career on the NNFG 28 years ago as a range aid in Wall, S.D., on the Buffalo Gap National Grasslands, followed by a few years on the Fort Pierre National Grasslands before returning to Wall. Through his career he worked in various staff areas including range, wildlife, lands, special uses, conservation education and recreation. His first tour as a district ranger was on the Grand River and Cedar River National Grasslands in North and South Dakota.
The first half of his career was spent on National Grasslands from Montana south through Colorado. He then moved to Idaho and spent 10 years on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest as the Soda Springs District Ranger. This duty included working with a large range and phosphate minerals program.
Throughout his career, Isaacs took detail assignment opportunities to broaden his skills. These various positions were in Washington, D.C., Montana, North Dakota and Nevada. His most recent detail in 2017 was in the U.S. Forest Service Washington, D.C., office as the assistant director of range programs.
“I enjoy working with people and partners. In my off time I enjoy music, woodworking and delving in to my family history. I look forward to coming back to the Nebraska National Forest and Grasslands and re-discover all the wonderful places and people!” he said.
Isaacs replaces Kevin Atchley, who retired from the U.S. Forest Service in December 2017. He will begin his duties May 14.