Schwenke named as District Ranger
Published: Thursday, September 26th, 2013
When Sherri Schwenke was offered the position of Ranger for the Hell Canyon District of the Black Hills National Forest, there was no other answer but yes.
“It’s the Black Hills!” she said. “What better reason is there to be here? What’s a better place than the Black Hills?”
Schwenke began her career with the Forest Service in 1989 as a landscape architect.
“My interest was not just with the landscape, but the ecosystem and social aspect,” she said. “What interested me was bringing more of that social side into the Forest Service and skills in design.”
At that time, a lot of landscape architects were bringing communities together to design community parks, which Schwenke loved.
“I later found out that I wasn’t going to do much of that, so I was drawn to becoming a District Ranger,” she said.
Schwenke has worked across the nation for the Forest Service, including the Chippewa National Forest, Ottawa National Forest in upper Michigan, Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia and the Colville National Forest in Washington, where she served as a Ranger for the first time. She has also worked in Alaska and, most recently, in North Dakota as a planning and resources staff officer for the Dakota Prairie Grasslands.
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