Kathleen Morse Selected as Chief of Planning at Yosemite National Park
Kathleen S. Morse, Forest Supervisor for the Lassen National Forest in northern California, has been selected as Chief of Planning for Yosemite National Park. She will work for the Denver Service Center, Planning Division and be a member of the Yosemite Management team.
Morse, a 20-year employee of the U.S. Forest Service, has worked at all levels of the agency in Montana, California, Alaska and Pennsylvania. After working as an economist in the private sector, she started her career as a forest planner on the Modoc National Forest in northern California. She then worked as Regional Economist in the Alaska Region of the Forest Service for 10 years. In this capacity, she assisted in finalizing the Forest Plan for the Tongass National Forest and was responsible for evaluating regional and international timber markets. While in Alaska, she was appointed as lead staff for the Governor’s Timber Task Force and had acting assignments as Regional Timber Director and District Ranger in Thorne Bay and Wrangell. Her career then took her to California and the High Sierra.
While serving as District Ranger in Mammoth Lakes, CA, Morse was selected by the Regional Forester to serve on the Sierra Nevada Framework Review Team. She then served as Team Leader for the revision of this bioregional planning document, setting management direction for eleven national forests in California. Following this assignment, she was appointed Forest Supervisor for the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania and then the Lassen National Forest in northern California.
“This is an exciting time for planning in Yosemite National Park,” stated Dave Uberuaga, Acting Superintendent. “We are excited to have someone with Kathleen’s diverse experience joining us here in Yosemite.”
Morse has a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resource Economics and attended graduate school at the University of Washington. She is an avid backpacker, peak bagger, back-country skier, and scuba diver.
Morse will begin her new position in mid-February.
Did You Know?
In Yosemite Valley, dropping over 594-foot Nevada Fall and then 317-foot Vernal Fall, the Merced River creates what is known as the “Giant Staircase.” Such exemplary stair-step river morphology is characterized by a large variability in river movement and flow, from quiet pools to the dramatic drops of the waterfalls themselves.