ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Marisue Hilliard, forest supervisor of the USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, today announced that Derek Ibarguen has been selected to be the ranger of the Pisgah District in the Pisgah National Forest.
“I’m excited that Derek is coming back to work in North Carolina where he started his career with the Forest Service,” said Hilliard. “He has gained a tremendous amount of experience over the years and has worked in a variety of forest types. His vast knowledge and extensive background, especially in the area of recreation, will be a real asset in the heavily visited Pisgah District and the surrounding community.”
As ranger, Ibarguen will manage Forest Service operations in the Pisgah District of the Pisgah National Forest, encompassing close to 160,000 acres. The district employs more than 20 people.
Since February 2009, Ibarguen has served as London District ranger in the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. From 2007 to 2009, he worked in a district recreation, facilities and special uses staff position in the Umpqua National Forest in Oregon. During that period, he completed a temporary assignment as acting ranger in the Forest’s Diamond Lake District. From 2005 to 2007, Ibarguen served as district recreation, oil, gas and minerals team leader in the Bradford and Marienville Ranger Districts of the Allegheny National Forest in Pennsylvania. Before joining the Allegheny National Forest, he worked for a year as a district assistant recreation program manager in the Ocala National Forest in Florida. He began his journey with the Forest Service in 2002 as a natural resources specialist in the Appalachian Ranger District, Pisgah National Forest. From 2001 to 2002, Derek served as an associate regional representative with the nonprofit Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Ibarguen holds a master’s degree in recreation resources from West Virginia University and a bachelor’s degree in recreation management from the University of Maine at Machias.