Brian Bachtel, Pagosa RD Retires after 33 Years
Brian Bachtel, Pagosa RD Supervisory Range-land Management Specialist, retired this fall with 33 years of federal service. He began his USFS career in 1980 as a seasonal working in cadastral survey , range and helitack. He graduated from Utah State University in 1985 with degrees in Range Science and Forestry.
Brian also spent two years as a Peace Corps Forestry Officer on the islands of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, where he met and married his wife of 30 years, Hannah.
In 1988, Brian moved to the Humboldt NF, first as Range Technician, then Range Conservationist. He also worked on the Ashley NF (where his children; Jared, 22 and Tiffany, 24, were born), and the Wasatch-Cache NF.
Brian came to the Pagosa RD as Supervisory Rangeland Manage-ment Specialist in 2002. He is proud of completing the District’s portion of the Range Rescission Schedule on time and helping new employees and interns. In retirement, he plans to work on projects around the house and pursue outdoors interests.
“All of us have a special bond with the outdoors and wildlands,” Brian says. “Let that guide you in managing the resource. What a special place we live and work in.” -Brandon Caley