March 15, 2012 | Vol. 39, No. 11

New Forest Ranger comes to town

There's a new Ranger in town.

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Jason Anderson, 38, is now at the helm of the U.S. Forest Service office in Petersburg. An avid-outdoorsman, the father of five, said he is welcoming the responsibility of the Tongass National Forest.

“The job of forest ranger has changed dramatically in the past 100 years. It's got the same purpose, but technology has caught up,” Anderson said. “I guess the earliest rangers had a horse and a gun, or in this area their main purpose was to aid the fishing industry,” he added.

“It's about balancing out what to do, how to do it, and when to do it,” h...

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