Ann Schwaller

Ann serves as the wilderness manager for the Superior National Forest. This involves researching, planning, partnering and advising the Forest on anything related to the implementation of the 1964 Wilderness act, 1978 BWCAW Act, the BWCAW Management Plan and related wilderness Forest Service policy and case law. Ann also serve as the Vice-Chair of the national Wilderness Advisory Group to the Chief of the Forest Service for Region 9 – Eastern Region.

Ann works in an interdisciplinary fashion with all Forest Service disciplines, other U.S. and international government agencies and our partners on Wilderness issues.  For Ann, watching relationships flourish between different types of wilderness stewards is fascinating because each have different perspectives and experiences either operationally or philosophically which aids in creating a solid foundation for constructive discourse for better management.

Ann’s work history includes wilderness, trails and developed recreation management on the Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest in Montana, Rio Grande National Forest in Colorado, Colville National Forest in Washington, Everglades National Park in Florida, and the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Collegiate training:

  • Master of Science in Recreation Management, School of Forestry at the University of Montana with an emphasis in wilderness.
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism, School of Journalism, with a minor in Forest Resources and Conservation both at the University of Florida.

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