The Colorado State Forest Service has named new supervisors for the agency’s two chief divisions – and both are Colorado State University alumni. Susan Matthews started as CSFS Forest Management Division supervisor in September 2014, and Kim Mueller assumed her role as CSFS Outreach Division supervisor in early December. Both are stationed at the agency’s State Office in Fort Collins.
Matthews comes to the agency with 36 years of natural resources management experience with the USDA Forest Service, most recently serving as forest supervisor for the National Forest System in Florida. There she oversaw more than 160 employees and was responsible for nearly 1.2 million acres of public land. Additionally, she has served as district ranger in Idaho and California, and deputy forest supervisor in California and Florida. She holds a Master of Science in Forest Resources from the University of Idaho, and a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from Colorado State University.
A native Coloradan, Mueller brings an extensive background in outreach, marketing, media relations and communications to the CSFS. Most recently the marketing and outreach executive for the non-profit Pathways Hospice in Fort Collins, Mueller will lead the CSFS Outreach Division staff and enhance the CSFS’s mission-based programs to achieve stewardship of Colorado’s diverse forest environments. She is an alumnus of the College of Business at Colorado State University and earned an MBA at the University of Colorado. As an involved community member, she has served on the Board of Directors for the Food Bank for Larimer County, and worked on initiatives for recognition of U.S. military veterans and on Adopt-a-Highway environmental projects.
“We are very fortunate to have two professionals of this caliber come to work for the Colorado State Forest Service,” said Mike Lester, state forester and director of the CSFS. “We look forward to the accomplishments and positive differences they surely will make for Colorado’s citizens and forests.”
The CSFS is a service and outreach agency of the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. The non-regulatory agency provides landowners with technical forestry assistance and outreach via 19 field offices located throughout Colorado.