Acting supervisor named for Black Hills National Forest

December 26, 2019 GMT

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) — An acting supervisor has been selected for the Black Hills National Forest until a replacement is named for the outgoing leader.

Andrew Johnson, currently the supervisor of the Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, will manage the South Dakota wildness area for up to four months, the Forest Service says.

The current supervisor, Mark Van Every, is retiring next week. Johnson will start on Jan. 6.

The Black Hills National Forest covers 1.2 million acres in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. Offices are located in Sundance and Newcastle, Wyoming and Custer, Rapid City and Spearfish, South Dakota, .