Dave Schmid was named as the permanent Alaska Regional Forester on November 30, 2018. Dave oversees management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska. He works closely with the region’s diverse stakeholders, tribes and Alaska Native Corporations, and communities of interest. His focus is on issues related to strengthening rural community health and forest restoration.
Dave has worked for the U.S. Forest Service for more than 35 years, first as a volunteer in Minnesota and prior to his current post as the Deputy Regional Forester in the Northern Region. After graduating in 1983, he worked for the Alaska Region for 23 years - serving as a Fisheries and Watershed Program Leader on the Chugach National Forest in Southcentral Alaska, and as a District Ranger on the Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska. He served as a District Ranger on the Custer National Forest in Montana. In 2007, he served as the Forest Service’s National Fisheries Program Leader in Washington, D.C. In 2010, he joined the Southern Region as the Director of Biological and Physical Resources. He served as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Northern Region, based in Missoula, Montana in 2014. He was born and raised in the lake states and attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point majoring in forest management.
Address: 161 East 1st Avenue, Door 8, Anchorage, AK 99501