DENVER (AP) – A longtime U.S. Forest Service employee has been chosen as the new regional forester for the Rocky Mountain region.

Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell said Tuesday that Daniel Jiron would replace Rick Cables, who retired as regional forester last year and is now director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Rocky Mountain region includes more than 22 million acres of forest and grassland in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

Jiron has been the deputy regional forester for the Pacific Southwest region since August 2010. Before that he was forest supervisor of the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico and has served in several other Forest Service posts.

Early in his career, Jiron was an aide to former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell of Colorado.

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