Mammoth, Mono Lake area get new district ranger

Sarah Tomsky has reported to duty as the new Deputy District Ranger for the Mammoth and Mono Lake Ranger Districts of the Inyo National Forest, according to forest officials. Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo, California.

With her parents both serving in the military, Sarah spent most of her childhood moving around the country; in that time, her family was stationed in multiple locations up and down the California coast. In 1998, Sarah received a fine art degree from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in photography and art history. She spent the next ten years in the midwest, where she worked in the arts and tourism industries.

In 2008, Sarah pursued a career change that led her to graduate school at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. She received her Masters of Science in 2010, with a focus on Environmental Policy & Planning and Conservation Biology. Upon graduation, Sarah was hired by the forest service as a Presidential Management Fellow. During the two year fellowship, she led the collaborative development of a fuels management strategy for California’s 18 National Forests. She also spent a six-month developmental assignment mentoring under the Recreation Staff Officer of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Arizona.

“I feel incredibly honored to serve as Deputy District Ranger in such a beautiful and dynamic location,” Tomsky said. “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been overwhelmed by both the spectacular landscapes as well as the warm welcome I’ve received. I’m really looking forward to becoming part of the community and learning more about the Inyo National Forest.”

Tomsky will be working out of the Lee Vining Ranger Station and can be reached at 760-647-3033.