New US Forest Service District Ranger selected for Nantahala Ranger District

Little Santeetlah Creek in the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in the fall

The National Forests in North Carolina has selected Troy Waskey to oversee management and operations as the new District Ranger on the Nantahala Ranger District beginning June 8, 2020.

“We are excited about the contributions Troy will bring to North Carolina based on his professional background and his experience as a ranger in West Virginia,” said Forest Supervisor Allen Nicholas. “Troy has a great background working with others, especially rural communities, to develop economic opportunities.”

Waskey has been the District Ranger on the Monongahela National Forest since 2013. While there he focused on collaborative efforts with local communities regarding recreation and tourism and landscape-scale forest restoration.

“Western North Carolina is a special place for me,” said Waskey. “It’s where I cut my teeth as an outdoor recreation enthusiast, trained as a wilderness first responder, and worked with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.” Waskey and his family are looking forward to calling Franklin, NC, home and will be settling into the area this summer.
Waskey grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He earned a degree in Natural Resources

Recreation and Forestry from Virginia Tech and a Master’s Degree in Outdoor Recreation Management at Arizona State University. His first job in the U.S. Forest Service was as a forestry technician on the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine. He has also worked on the Tonto National Forest in Arizona, Carson National Forest in New Mexico, and in the Arizona State Parks as an Off-Highway Vehicle Planner. 

Troy Waskey has been the District Ranger on the Monongahela National Forest since 2013. Starting June 8, 2020, Waskey will take over management of the Nantahala Ranger District.