Laurence Crabtree, currently deputy forest supervisor of the Plumas National Forest, has been named forest supervisor of the Eldorado National Forest.
He will assume his new position on July 29, replacing Kathy Hardy, who retired June 14, according to a Forest Service news release. Jayne Handley is the interim acting forest supervisor.
Crabtree was born in Susanville in Lassen County and grew up on a ranch. He graduated from the University of Idaho, where he studied forestry and entomology.
His leadership responsibilities have included serving as district ranger for two ranger districts in the Modoc National Forest and as district ranger for two Forest Service ranger districts in Nevada.
Crabtree and his wife, Denice, have three grown children and four grandchildren.
Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.