Beth LeMaster joins the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests as the new Deputy Forest Supervisor on November 28, 2016. The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests cover nearly 1.8 million acres located in 34 counties in Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky. As Deputy Forest Supervisor, LeMaster will work closely with Forest Supervisor, Joby Timm, to expand relationships with state and local partners to further our shared restoration goals, protect water quality and enhance wildlife habitat. In addition, she will assist in overseeing nearly 1,800 miles of roads, 2,160 miles of trails including 325 miles of the Appalachian national Scenic Trail, and 54 campgrounds.
“LeMaster’s wealth of knowledge in natural resource management as well as her experience in partnerships and collaboration will be a great asset to the Forest,” says Forest Supervisor Job Timm.
LeMaster comes to her new position from the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests in South Carolina where she has served as the Enoree District Ranger since 2006. LeMaster has spent most of her Forest Service career in the Southern Region where she has worked in a variety of capacities. In addition to serving as District Ranger on two different districts on the Sumter National Forest, she has also served as Regional Director of Biological and Physical Resources, staff officer for various assignments, forest land management planner, forester, and wildlife biologist.
“I am excited about the new opportunities of moving to Virginia and working on the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests,” says LeMaster.
LeMaster holds a B.S. degree in Forest Management and a Master’s degree in Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Wildlife Biology from Clemson University. LeMaster is married and has three children, the youngest now in college. An avid deer and quail hunter, LeMaster enjoys being outdoors. She also enjoys hiking, riding horses, gardening, and watching collegiate sports, especially football.