The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino National Forest:
Wade McMaster began his role as the permanent Forest Supervisor on the Mendocino National Forest on Monday, November 7.
McMaster has been with the Forest Service for over 12 years and grew up in Northern California near Shasta-Trinity and Klamath National Forests.
McMaster comes to the Mendocino National Forest from the Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest, where he served for four years as District Ranger for the Gold Beach Ranger District. He has also recently completed a 120-day detail as Acting Forest Supervisor on the Shoshone National Forest.
Prior to his role as District Ranger, McMaster was the Tribal Relations Program Manager for Region 5, where he worked with leadership to develop, maintain and nurture relationships with over 150 California tribes. McMaster also worked as a Tribal Liaison for the Plumas, Lassen and Modoc National Forests. “I’m delighted that Wade is returning to work with us here in the Pacific Southwest Region,” said Regional Forester Jennifer Eberlien.
McMaster is a member of the Wintu Tribe of Northern California and served 13 years as Chairman. He continues to serve on the Tribal Council as Vice Chairman.
“I feel blessed to walk both paths as a Native American and as a Forest Service family member, understanding that we all have so much in common when it comes to our passion for caring for the land,” said McMaster.
Prior to joining the Forest Service, he served for 10 years in the Air Force as a Russian cryptologic linguist and worked in Information Technology.
McMaster holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Excelsior College and a Master’s in Educational Counseling from the University of LaVerne.
McMaster and his wife Stacie enjoy taking road trips and getting outdoors in their spare time.