Ken Straley is the Forest Service Representative at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center and staff to the Forest Service Washington Office Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Program. Ken came to the Carhart Center in 2011 and, no matter how much time he has to spend at a desk, remains passionately committed to the field. Since joining the Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in 1993, Ken has worked as a Recreation Planner, Recreation Specialist, Wilderness Specialist, Wilderness Staff Officer, and Recreation Staff Officer and has acquired extensive experience in all aspects of public lands recreation management. He specializes in wilderness management and monitoring, trails, visitor information and education, recreation fee and permit programs, and watershed stabilization projects in which old reservoirs are returned to naturally functioning lakes in wilderness and backcountry areas. Throughout his 22 year career, Ken has been involved in the management of 11 diverse wilderness areas on five National Forests and a BLM Field Office in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado and has served several details to the Forest Service Washington Office. As a Wilderness Staff Officer for Utah's High Uintas Wilderness, Ken developed and managed the Ashley National Forest's wilderness program. He wrote a wilderness monitoring plan, devised metrics, and conducted extensive inventory and monitoring work that resulted in new management practices. Ken also developed a Wilderness Ranger training program that grew to include participants from other National Forests, which he continued to conduct long after leaving the position. Ken serves on the Chief's Wilderness Advisory Group and Wilderness Information Steering Committee, among a host of other working groups. Ken holds B.S. degrees in Marketing and Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management from the University of Utah.