Our History | Our Goals | Our Staff | Who is Arthur Carhart?
Ken Straley is the Forest Service Representative at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. Since joining the Forest Service as a Wilderness Ranger in 1993, Ken has worked as a Recreation Planner, Recreation 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 were returned to naturally functioning lakes in wilderness and backcountry areas. Throughout his 18 year career, Ken has served with the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in Utah, Arizona, and Colorado. As a Wilderness Staff Officer for Utah's High Uintas Wilderness, Ken built and managed the Ashley National Forest's wilderness program. He wrote a wilderness monitoring plan, devised metrics, and conducted extensive monitoring 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. He briefly represented the Intermountain Region on the Forest Service's Wilderness Advisory Group and has since assisted with wilderness events in the Rocky Mountain Region. Ken holds B.S. degrees in Marketing and Natural Resources Recreation Planning and Management from the University of Utah.