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Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Bobzien retiring

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) -- Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien is retiring. Bobzien will step down on Saturday, after nearly 40 years of service with the U.S. Forest Service. He's been the supervisor of the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills...

CUSTER, S.D. (AP) - Black Hills National Forest Supervisor Craig Bobzien is retiring.

Bobzien will step down on Saturday, after nearly 40 years of service with the U.S. Forest Service. He's been the supervisor of the 1.2 million-acre Black Hills National Forest in western South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming since June 2005.

Bobzien is a native of Iowa Falls, Iowa. Before coming to the Black Hills National Forest, he worked in forests in Montana, Idaho and Washington, serving in various roles.

Regional Forester Dan Jirón says Bobzien's career of public service "has been exemplary."

Jim Zornes will serve as the acting forest supervisor until a replacement for Bobzien is named. Zornes is currently the planning director for the Rocky Mountain Region Office in Denver.

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