New Humboldt-Toyabe forest supervisor begins job

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SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — The U.S. Forest Service says a new supervisor has begun overseeing a vast patchwork of 6.3 million acres of Humboldt-Toiyabe (HUHM'-bolt toy-AH'-bee) National Forest in Nevada and eastern California.

An agency spokeswoman in Sparks said Monday that William "Bill" Dunkelberger replaces Jeanne Higgins overseeing what amounts to the largest national forest in the lower 48 states.

Higgins moved recently to a post as deputy regional forester in Albuquerque, N.M.

Dunkelberger is moving to the Forest Service from the federal Bureau of Land Management Colorado state office, where he oversaw landscape conservation.

He previously served as the deputy forest supervisor and associate BLM manager for the San Juan National Forest/San Juan BLM Center in southwest Colorado.

Dunkelberger is also a former BLM Bishop field office manager in California's eastern Sierra.

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