Laurel County native named interim supervisor at Boone National Forest

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WTVQ) Scott Ray has been named acting forest supervisor at the Daniel Boone National Forest after Supervisor Dan Olsen accepted a position as the lead executive for pipelines for the USDA Forest Service’s Southern Region.

Ray has been the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Daniel Boone National Forest for the past four years.

He is a Kentucky native who grew up in the Keavy community of Laurel County. He began working with the USDA Forest Service on the London Ranger District as a student volunteer at age 16.

Following his interests, Ray attended Murray State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology.

Since graduating, Ray has worked at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, Savannah River Site, Francis Marion and Sumter National Forest, and Osceola National Forest.

He has also previously worked for the Cradle of Forestry in America, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, and Tennessee Valley Authority. Additionally, Ray has served in several acting ranger assignments and as a regional stewardship coordinator for the Eastern and Southern Regions.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to continue my work with the Daniel Boone National Forest in this new position. I am continually impressed by the outstanding employees, partners, and public who care for the Boone and I’m honored to be offered the opportunity to continue to support their work,” Ray stated.

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