USDA Forest Service Liaison will Help Make Connections
April 12, 2018
Asheville, NC — The USDA Forest Service’s Southern Research Station (SRS) and Southern Region (Region 8) has named Stephanie Laseter its new liaison. This is a unique position that will help coordinate the interactions between employees and scientists across Region 8 and SRS, both of which have work units throughout the southeast. She will also help foster interactions with government and nongovernment organizations, and universities, by coordinating workshops, webinars, face-to-face and virtual meetings.
“It’s very rewarding to be part of a team that is working to connect science and management and I’m so grateful for this opportunity.” Making connections and having an understanding of the research and development branch of the Forest Service, as well as the National Forest system which manages the national forest public lands across the South are very important in this new position.
“In any given day, the variety of people that I get to interact with is pretty incredible and every day is an opportunity to learn about something new that’s happening at SRS or Region 8, and connect that information with others,” Laseter said.
Laseter started her Forest Service career in 2002 as a temporary hydrologic technician at Coweeta Hydrologic Lab, Otto NC. However, her interest in forest research started as a Franklin High School student summer intern at Coweeta, before heading off to Auburn University where she completed her B.S. and then a M.S. at the University of Georgia. She was hired as a professional hydrologist in 2004. “In that position, I was responsible for managing the data from the climate stations, rain gauges, and weir network at Coweeta. This work led me to all sorts of wonderful connections across the Forest Service.”
Laseter will be based on the Nantahala Ranger District Franklin, NC. Her work will take her throughout the South.