Two new leaders on the Tongass National Forest

Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - The Tongass National Forest welcomes two new Deputy Forest Supervisors, who join Forest Supervisor Frank Sherman in leading and directing activities on the country’s largest national forest.

(Photo of Clint Kolarich provided by the Unites States Forest Service)

Barb Miranda and Clint Kolarich assumed their new roles on September 13th, 2023. Miranda is working out of the Forestry Sciences Lab in Juneau and Kolarich is working out of the Ketchikan Supervisor’s Office in Ketchikan.

Miranda was serving as the Alaska Region’s Coordinator for the Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy when she accepted the Deputy position. Prior to that she was the Director of the Mendenhall Glacier Recreation Area, a wilderness manager and planner for Glacier Bay National Park, and Mayor of Gustavas for a term. She has also earned a B.S. in Forest Management from Colorado State University and an Masters of Public Administration degree from University of Alaska Southeast.

Kolarich was serving as the Wrangell District Ranger when he accepted the Deputy position. He’s been with the USDA Forest Service for over two and a half decades, ten of those years as a seasonal firefighter. He also works as an Agency Administrator on large fires, is a member of the National Line Officers Team, and serves as a Line Officer Representative for the National Fire Leadership Council (NFLC).