Paul Ries

Paul recently retired after a 40+ year career with the US Forest Service.  He worked all across the Rocky Mountains from Nevada to North Dakota before moving to Washington, DC where he retired from his position as Associate Deputy Chief.

Following retirement, Paul and his wife Linda returned to Hailey, ID where they had lived during the 1990’s when Paul was an Area Ranger for the Sawtooth National Recreation Area.  He says that over the course of his career they lived in many wonderful places, but chose Southern Idaho as the place they wanted to come back to, and call home.

Besides being a long-time fan and supporter of Public Radio, Paul has always been an active community member and volunteer.  He currently Co-Chairs a Washington, DC based coalition of 32 national organizations focused on Urban & Community Forestry. He is also involved with developing future leaders in natural resources and serves as an advisor, coach and mentor for the US Forest Service Senior Leader Program, along with the USDA Senior Executive Development Program. 

In his spare time Paul is an avid cross-country skier, hiker, biker and traveler.

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