New Mexico forestry division gets first woman leader

New Mexico forestry division gets first woman leader

March 12, 2019

An associate director with The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico has been chosen as the first woman to lead the state forestry division.

Laura McCarthy's hiring was announced Monday by the Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department, which oversees the division.

McCarthy will be the 11th state forester since Ray Bell, who was the first to hold the post in 1958 and was known for caring for Smokey Bear the iconic cub.

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