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Meet Margaret

My Husband Skip and I Enjoy Our Lives in Montana and Give Back to Our Community Through Our Volunteer Work.

A Short Bio

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I am 67 years old, married, have lived in the Bitterroot Valley since 1991 and, with my husband Skip, chase two Labrador retrievers around. My father was a career US Air Force flight engineer and my mother was a junior high school math teacher. We moved frequently in my youth and by the time I was 16, had lived in four states and the Canadian province of Newfoundland. When my father retired, he moved the family to the Pacific Northwest to work for the Boeing Corporation.


I attended high school in the Tacoma area and college at the University of Washington where I earned my Undergraduate Degree in Forest Resources. I later earned a Master’s Degree at the University of California-Berkeley in landscape architecture and regional planning. Both degrees launched me into a career of public service in natural resources management.

Work History

My work life began as a ranger for the National Park Service in three National Parks (Crater Lake, Olympic and Sequoia-Kings Canyon). Following graduate school, I began a 30 year career with the US Forest Service. I worked on the Lassen and Inyo NFs in the mountains of California, the Clearwater NF in Idaho, and the Regional Office in Missoula, MT.  My positions varied from recreation specialist, to District Ranger, to Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Coordinator, to Regional Recreation Program leader. I retired with 35 years of federal service from the Regional Office in Missoula in 2013.

Since retiring, I have volunteered my time and energy to local, state, and national non-profit organizations. I helped form “Friends of Fort Owen”, a non-profit working with Montana State Parks to enhance Fort Owen State Park as a tourism and educational asset to Stevensville. I was a board member of the Bitterroot Trail Preservation Alliance ( working to raise awareness and funding for the multi-use trail along Highway 93. I have also worked for many years at the national level, for two years as President of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation (, and for three years as board member for the Partnership for the National Trail System ( for whom I have traveled to Washington DC for the last 6 years lobbying Congress on public lands issues. 

Other Interests

• First female law enforcement ranger in the National Park Service.
• Worked as cross country ski instructor.
• Traveled the whole Lewis and Clark Trail.
• Hiked to the top of Mount Whitney.
• Gardening, photography, making jewelry, and  Words with Friends
• Love to camp and hike.

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