Inyo names Upchurch replacement

The Inyo National Forest has a new supervisor.

It’s an interim position, but the new supe has plenty of interesting experience and ought to stir things up around here.

She is Kit Mullen, currently the district ranger for the Hat Creek District of the Lassen National Forest in Northern California.

According to a press release from the Inyo National Forest, she will be the interim or acting forest supervisor after the recent departure of Supervisor Jim Upchurch.

She comes to the Inyo with a wealth of experience and background that will serve her well in this temporary assignment, wrote public information officer Nancy Upham.

Graduating from Colorado State University with a degree in wildlife biology, Mullen spent many years in a variety of jobs in the private sector, including working on a cattle and horse ranch, an instructor at Colorado Mountain College, a guide for snowmobile tours and big game hunting and as the director of the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.

She also lived for many years in Solo Creek in the Alaska bush, during which time she built her own log cabin, ran a team of sled dogs, maintained all her own equipment, and basically lived a subsistence lifestyle with a high dependence on wild renewable resources.

Mullen began her federal service career with the National Park Service working at such iconic national parks as Wrangell-St.Elias in Alaksa and Grand Teton in Wyoming. She then spent eight years as the Park Superintendent of Timpanogos Cave National Monument in Utah before coming to Hat Creek. 

Mullen has spent her life exploring the great outdoors and loves traveling, hiking, boating, Nordic skiing, and fly fishing.

“I am delighted to be here,” she said. “I look forward to getting to know the people who call this incredible area home, as well as those who come to visit and revitalize their spirit. The Inyo is a dynamic forest with a stunning landscape. I’m honored to have the opportunity to help care for it.” 

It is anticipated that Kit will be Acting Forest Supervisor until a permanent replacement for Upchurch is announced.