Ted McArthur was recently selected as the new forest supervisor for the Six Rivers National Forest. His first day in the office will be Sept. 4.
“I am very excited to move into my new role on the Six Rivers,” McArthur said. “I look forward to continuing and expanding the great work the forest is doing, as well as strengthening the relationships with our partners.”
McArthur is currently the Salmon-Scott River District Ranger on the Klamath National Forest, a position he has held since 2014. He started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a rangeland management specialist first on the Gila National Forest in New Mexico, then on the Malheur National Forest in Oregon. After a few years as a vegetation ecologist in the service’s Washington, D.C., office, he moved to Hawaii to work for the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
McArthur grew up with the forest service — his father worked for the Intermountain Region and later Rocky Mountain Research Station — volunteering and working on a variety of different research projects for the forest service in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Arizona and Nevada.
He holds two degrees from Oregon State University: a Bachelor’s degree in natural resources and a Master’s degree in ecology.
McArthur and his family are looking forward to moving to the Eureka area. His wife Jessica is currently a stay-at-home mom working part-time for the Scott River Watershed Council. He has three sons: Kai, 15, lives in Hawaii with his mother and looks forward to visiting a new area; and Jack, 4, and Flynn, 2, are excited about living on the coast and exploring new country.
“I love this area and the people that live and work here in northern California,” McArthur said. “The landscapes and the people are what drew me here.”
He enjoys spending time with his wife and sons hiking, camping, beach combing and collecting firewood. He also loves to bake, primarily breads and cakes.
McArthur replaces Merv George Jr., who is now forest supervisor for the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon. After McArthur’s arrival, current acting Forest Supervisor Michael Green will return to his role as deputy forest supervisor for the forest.