WILLOWS – Chico resident Tricia Christofferson has been named the new recreation officer for the Mendocino National Forest, Forest Service officials announced.
Christofferson began her new position on Oct. 28.
A graduate of Chico State University, she holds bachelor's and master's degrees in recreation administration with an emphasis in natural resource management.
Christofferson has worked on the Plumas National Forest for the past 17 years in a variety of positions.
She has been involved in special use permits, mineral administration and many facets of recreation. These include serving as the Plumas National Forest Off-Highway Vehicle program manager, administering grants, working with partners and volunteers, developed and dispersed campground operation and maintenance, winter recreation management, conservation education, interpretation and wild and scenic river management. She developed recreation studies and license conditions for hydroelectric power licenses.
She also is the lead public information officer on California Interagency Incident Management Team 4, a National Type 1 Incident Management Team.
Christofferson has worked in special assignments at other national forests in northern California. While on the Shasta-Trinity National Forests she served as the Mt. Shasta Ranger District Recreation Officer. Last year she served as acting district ranger on the Grindstone District of the Mendocino National Forest, during which time she was the agency administrator for the Hunter and Yolla Bolly Complex of fires.
"I am very excited and honored to begin working with the employees of the Mendocino National Forest, and serving the forest visitors and partners who provide their support to the Forest and its programs," Christofferson said.
She has a 14-year-old daughter and enjoys tennis, water skiing, bike riding, hiking and cross country skiing.