OREGON COUNTY -- A new district ranger has been hired to oversee the operation of the Mark Twain National Forest. Mark Twain Forest Supervisor Ronnie Raum announced last week that Tim Bond will be the new ranger for the Eleven Point District of the national forest. He will replace Jerry Bird who recently took a position in Michigan.
Oregon County Presiding Commissioner Leo Warren said there is a total of 333,000 acres of land in the district in southern Missouri. "Over 100,000 acres of that land is in Oregon County, including 44 miles of the Eleven Point National Scenic River," the commissioner said. Oregon County has more forest service land than any other county in the state and the only river, the Eleven Point, that falls under the 1968 federal Scenic River Act.
Raum said Bond will bring to the district a great deal of experience, including being a district ranger in Louisiana. He started his Forest Service career in 1991 as a range-conservationist in Nevada. He has also been supervisory range conservationist in Montana.
"I am looking forward to coming back to Missouri. As a young boy I grew up in the bootheel of Missouri and we would visit the Ozarks to camp, fish and hunt. I have always wanted to come back to Missouri to assist in the management of the national forest in my home state," Bond said.
Bond served in the U.S. Navy and has a bachelor of science in rangeland ecology from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif.
Bond and his wife Lisa have two children, Taylor and Devin. His hobbies include camping, fishing and golf. He will assume his duties July 11.