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Tonto National Forest welcomes new Cave Creek District Ranger

3/2/16

CAVE CREEK – Micah Grondin has been selected as the new ranger for the Cave Creek Ranger District, and he reported to his new office on Feb.

“We are looking forward to Micah’s arrival in Cave Creek,” said Forest Supervisor Neil Bosworth.  “He is a native Arizonan, and is excited to join the Tonto National Forest.” 

The Tonto National Forest is one of the most complex and heavily visited national forests in the nation, and Grondin will be busy with the many things happening north of Phoenix. Grondin is taking the position of Louise Congdon, who has been the Cave Creek District Ranger for the past five years. Congdon accepted an Ecosystem Staff Officer on the Hiawatha National Forest in Gladstone, Michigan. Jason Scow, Mesa District Recreation Staff, has been the Acting Cave Creek District Ranger since Congdon’s departure in late September.

Bosworth thanked Scow for serving as the Ranger during this transition.

“I am grateful for Jason’s willingness to assume the District Ranger responsibilities these last few months,” Bosworth said. “He was able to continue working with the community on projects important to Cave Creek.”

Grondin was born in Tucson; he graduated from Northern Arizona University’s Forestry School. He has worked for the Forest Service for over twelve years, including as a seasonal timber marker on the Kaibab National Forest, before accepting a permanent job as a Forester on the Plumas National Forest in northern California. He returned to Arizona in 2008, working as the NEPA Planner on the Williams Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest.

Grondin enjoys working with stakeholder groups and solving complex and important resource management issues as a team, and stated “I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities the Direct Ranger position has in store.”

Grondin and his wife have two daughters. The family is excited to be starting this new adventure.  They enjoy hiking, camping, and outdoor recreation and are excited about the wide range of recreation opportunities available in the Valley.