New U.S. Forest Service supervisor at Tahoe has local roots

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Forest Service veteran who got his start at Lake Tahoe working as a seasonal range technician while earning his degree at the University of Nevada, Reno has been named the new supervisor of the agency‘s Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit.

Erick Walker recently transferred from his post as deputy supervisor at the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in Washington to become the second new forest supervisor at Tahoe in a year.

He replaces Bill Jackson, who decided to return to his home in Colorado after being named to the position last December.

“I am very honored and excited to be returning to the Lake Tahoe Basin,” Walker said.

Walker grew up in Monrovia, California and began working at Tahoe in 1991 while earning his degree in natural resource management at UNR.

He later worked on the Lassen and Humboldt-Toiyabe national forests in California and Nevada, the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes national forests in Vermont and New York, and was the Sandpoint district manager for the Idaho Panhandle National Forests for nearly seven years.

Vicki Lankford was named the new deputy forest supervisor at Tahoe in September after working the last five years as the deputy manager of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Battle Mountain District.