Two people stand on a grassy hillside in the King Range Wilderness, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Mtn. Bike Rider on the Bizz Johnson Trail King Range National Conservation Area Poppy Three Pump Jacks, Midway-Sunset Oilfield
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Employee Profile

Skip Ritter

California State Office

Norman H. "Skip" Ritter, may have sap running through his veins.  From an early age, he knew he wanted to get into forestry. 

He knew early in high school.  And when he entered collage at the University of Nevada, Reno, he went right into the forestry management program.  He earned a bachelor's degree in renewable natural resources with a major field of study in forestry.  He worked as a temporary crew foreman for a range survey team for the Forest Service in Austin, Texas for six months.  Upon graduation, there were no federal forestry jobs available, so Skip started his full-time career as a range conservationist for BLM in Elko, Nevada.   After one year, he moved over to the district forester position in Elko and worked in that position for 23 years before becoming the Nevada state forester for BLM in Reno.  During that tenure, he is most proud of being a major player in getting Nevada BLM to take an active role in aspen management.  Along the way he held collateral positions as supervisory natural resources specialist and safety officer.  He held the state forester position for 4 1/2 years before coming to California. 

Skip grew up in northern Nevada.  Before coming to California for this job, he had spent his entire life in Nevada.  He is a devoted family man.  He and Linda, his wife of 31 years, have two children and four grandsons.  Their son lives in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and their daughter lives in Reno, Nevada.   He still has a home in Carson City, NV and makes frequent trips home.  

With such a passion for the forests, it is natural his interests are outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, backpacking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, bike riding, roller blading and windsurfing.  He is also the secretary/treasurer for the Nevada Chapter of the Society of American Foresters and the Nevada state treasurer for the National Wild Turkey Federation.

Linda and Skip Ritter
Linda and Skip Ritter

"I started as a range conservationist to get my foot in the door and was able to move into a forester position after my first year."