TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The Santa Catalina Ranger District of the Coronado National Forest welcomes Charles Woodard as District Ranger. This week is his first on the district encompassing the Santa Catalina Mountains and a portion of the Rincon Mountains.
Charles began his career with the Agricultural Research Service in Stoneville, Mississippi at age 16 as an animal caretaker in the catfish genetics lab. He then earned an USDA 1890 Scholarship to Tuskegee University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Environment, Natural Resources, and Plant Sciences with an emphasis in wildlife.
Upon graduation, Charles was converted into a wildlife biologist position on the Wall Ranger District of the Nebraska National Forest. There he worked primarily with endangered black-footed ferrets and black tailed prairie dogs battling sylvatic plague.
In 2014, he became the Area Wildlife Biologist/Natural Resource Staff Officer on the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area on the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest.
As the Natural Resources Team Lead he was responsible for all wildlife, botanical, geographic information systems, hazardous fuels, and wild horse and burro programs, and approximately $4.3 million of projects funded by the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. His time there resulted in him working with many partners such as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Nevada Department of Wildlife, Nevada Department of Transportation, Nevada Department of Forestry, Great Basin Institute, and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.
Charles and his wife, Whitney, have a two-year-year old daughter named Ellery and another daughter on the way.