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Bob Meuchel

Bob MeuchelForestry Pioneer

Bob Meuchel, born January 16, 1942 in Hamilton, Montana; graduated Hamilton High School in 1960. In the same year, he began working for the U.S. Forest Service. Knowing Forestry was his life calling, Bob began college in 1965 and graduated from the University of Montana in 1969 with a degree in Forestry.

Shortly after graduation, he went to work with Kootenai National Forest as a silviculturist and Assistant Ranger.  In 1976, Bob transferred to Lolo N.F. as the Forest Timber Planner as part of a collaborative team that created the first national forest plan.  This plan set the direction of Forest Management and is still in place today.

 In 1980, Bob transferred into his dream job as the Superior District Ranger where he led an outstanding resource program. In the mid 80’s, Bob worked as an incident commander; playing a key role in the implementation of a public participation plan on fire suppression efforts. He rose to Area Commander; one of four commanders in the nation and the longest serving. He loved fighting the fire.

Bob retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2000. His dedication to Forestry did not end there. He continued to serve on different fire teams as consultant for several years.

Bob Meuchel passed away in 2010 having fulfilled his dream and destination as a Montana forester.

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