Ryan Named Acting Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest Supervisor


Molly Ryan has been named the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests as acting Forest Supervisor beginning today (Mon) and will be serving for 120 days.

Ryan’s temporary assignment comes after Cheryl Probert’s retirement after a decade of leading the Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forest.

According to a news release, acting, or temporary, positions allow the Forest Service to keep critical roles in the organization filled, while providing beneficial job experience to the individual in the acting role.

Ryan is a third generation Forest Service employee from Dillon, Montana. She studied Western US History and Rangeland Management at Montana State University, graduating in 2007. In 2009, she graduated with her MS in Recreation Management from the University of Montana. While at school in Missoula, and for two years after graduating, she worked for the USFS Region 1 Historic Preservation Team. January 2012 Ryan moved to north eastern Utah where she spent five years on the Flaming Gorge Ranger District working as the Special Use Permit Administrator, District Recreation Program Manager, and finally Deputy District Ranger.

She came back home to Montana in January 2017 as the Wisdom District Ranger on the Beaverhead – Deerlodge National Forest and has been the Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest since August of 2022.