SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California, December 2, 2021 – The Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (LTBMU) of the USDA Forest Service is pleased to announce the selection of Erick Walker as the new Forestry Supervisor and Vicki Lankford as the new Deputy Forestry Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe basin.
Erick arrived on November 22 and is coming to us from Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest (NF) in Washington State, where he served as Assistant Forestry Supervisor since May 2018.
“I want to say that I am very honored and delighted to return to the Lake Tahoe Basin,” Walker said. “I look forward to working with the amazing staff on the unit and all of our partners to protect the health of Lake Tahoe and serve the residents and visitors of this magnificent landscape. “
Erick grew up in Monrovia, California. The San Gabriel Mountains and the NF Angeles were in his “backyard” and it was there that he sowed his love and shaped his early experiences with public lands and the great outdoors. Erick’s parents still live in Monrovia and his siblings (two sisters and a brother) are scattered across the country. He is married to a wonderful wife, Kate, and they currently have pets and no children.
Erick began working for the Forest Service in 1991 and was assigned to LTBMU as a Seasonal Ranging Technician, while earning his degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Nevada-Reno. He left the Tahoe Basin in 1998 to continue his public service efforts, which led him to the Almanor (RD) Ranger District of Lassen NF. From there, Erick worked on Humboldt-Toiyabe NF’s major natural resource and utility programs. His interest in becoming a line officer brought him to the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes NFs where he served as an Assistant District Ranger for the Manchester RD. He also served as a Sandpoint District Ranger for the Idaho Panhandle NFs for almost seven years.
“Kate and I are excited to be moving to Lake Tahoe and becoming part of the community,” Walker continued. “We look forward to pursuing our interests in all things snow, hiking, biking, gardening, kayaking and listening to live music. “
New Assistant Forestry Supervisor Vicki Lankford arrived at LTBMU in September and comes to the Tahoe Basin from the Battle Mountain District of the Nevada Land Management Office, where she served as Deputy District Director for five. years.
Ms. Lankford began her federal career in California as a program technician with the Tulare County Agricultural Services Agency (FSA) of the USDA in 1988. During her career, she was fortunate enough to work for the USDA Budget and Finance Office in Washington DC; and the USDA FSA Oregon State Office as Program Manager.
The experience and expertise that Ms. Lankford brings to the LTBMU is vast and diverse. She has worked in agriculture, natural resources and land management for the entirety of her 33-year federal career and is passionate about improving the health, diversity and productivity of people. forests and grasslands in the country so that future generations can also reap powerful benefits. that access to nature brings to our lives.
“In my short time in this role, I have already seen how we have an incredible team, their passion for service to the public and the protection of natural resources,” said Ms. Lankford. “I have also seen the powerful network of local partnerships in the region and look forward to strengthening these relationships and working collaboratively for shared successes.”
As a native Californian, Ms. Lankford is excited to relocate to the beautiful Lake Tahoe Basin and looks forward to the various recreational opportunities the area has to offer.