New District Ranger for Angeles National Forest

New-District-Ranger Bob Blount begins this month as one of three district rangers on the Angeles National Forest. In his new position, Blount will oversee operations on the Santa Clara-Mojave Rivers Ranger District, which stretches from Interstate 5 between Castaic and Pyramid Lake, east to Wrightwood, CA, on the north side of the San Gabriel Mountains. The area encompasses 370,000 acres of public lands, much of it bordering on the Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley and Wrightwood.
Blount is a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, and is a decorated Fire Control, Safety and Weapons Officer in the United States Navy. After nine years of active duty, including tours in Vietnam, Blount spent most of his career in the real estate business. He also obtained a post graduate degree from Duke University.
Having spent several years in the private sector, Blount is excited about returning to public service. “I’ve had a wonderful career and now I’d like to give something back,” he said. An avid fisherman, Blount and his wife have been frequent visitors to several national forests and parks. “I love the outdoors and I want my grandkids to be able to enjoy the same experiences in nature that I have.”
Blount and his wife have three daughters, two of whom live in Virginia and one of whom is currently working for the State Department in Pakistan.

June 25, 2009

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