Visitors to the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Station will see a new face over the next few months. Curtis Keetch will take a break from his district ranger position on the Blanco Ranger District in Meeker to serve as acting district ranger on the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District until the position can be filled permanently.
Keetch has been the district ranger on the Blanco Ranger District since 2016. He has been working full-time for the Forest Service since 2003 when he became a wildlife biologist on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest in Idaho.
In 2009, Keetch and his family moved from Idaho to Norwood, Colorado, where he worked as a zone wildlife biologist for the Grand Mesa-Uncompahgre-Gunnison National Forest.
Keetch and his wife Nikki have three daughters.
Keetch grew up in a small community in southeast Idaho on a family-owned cattle ranch. He learned to love and respect the outdoors at an early age. In high school, he spent his summers helping on the ranch and working as a seasonal Forest Service employee on timber, fire, range and recreation crews.
“I’m looking forward to working with our partners in the Roaring Fork Valley and all the dedicated employees on the district,” Keetch said. “It will be a great opportunity to work in an area with such high visitor use and unique resource management challenges.”
Keetch replaces Karen Schroyer, who had been district ranger with the ASRD for five years. Her last day was July 26. She went to the Mt. Hood National Forest in Oregon to work as deputy forest supervisor.