New ranger joins Mammoth, Mono Lake ranger districts

Mammoth and Mono Lake have a new Inyo National Forest deputy district ranger and her name is Sarah Tomsky.

Most recently Tomsky has served as a program specialist in fuels management at the U.S. Forest Service’s Region 5 Regional Office in Vallejo.

With her parents both serving in the military, Tomsky spent most of her childhood moving around the country. In that time, her family was stationed in multiple locations up and down the California coast. In 1998, Tomsky received a fine art degree from Washington University in St. Louis, majoring in photography and art history. She spent the following 10 years in the midwest where she worked in the arts and tourism industries.

In 2008, Tomsky pursued a career change that led her to graduate school at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor’s School of Natural Resources and Environment. She received her Masters of Science in 2010, with a focus on Environmental Policy & Planning and Conservation Biology.

Upon graduation, she was hired by the Forest Service as a Presidential Management Fellow. During the two-year fellowship, she led the collaborative development of a Fuels Management Strategy for California’s 18 national forests. She also spent a six-month developmental assignment mentoring under the Recreation Staff Officer of the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest in Sedona, Arizona.

“I feel incredibly honored to serve as Deputy District Ranger in such a beautiful and dynamic location,” Tomsky said. “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been overwhelmed by both the spectacular landscapes as well as the warm welcome I’ve received.”

Tomsky will be working out of the Lee Vining Ranger Station and can be reached at 760-647-3033.