Wright transferred from the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests in Colorado and Wyoming where he served as district ranger for the Parks District, in Walden, Colorado.
Cherokee National Forest Supervisor JaSal Morris said, “Mike Wright’s experience in the private sector and with the Forest Service in various locations will be invaluable to us. He has demonstrated his understanding of natural resources, leadership qualities, and interpersonal skills time and again. Mike will bring a wealth of experience to the Cherokee National Forest.”
Wright joined the Forest Service in 2003. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry from Oklahoma State University in 1995. He has worked in a variety of positions including the procurement manager with Love Box Company, in Fayetteville, Ark., and as the Timber Management Assistant on the Ozark-St. Francis National Forest in Arkansas.
Wright and his wife, Deanna, have two children, Jacob, 10 and Kaitlyn, 9. "My family and I are happy to be in east Tennessee. I am excited and blessed to have the opportunity to work on the Cherokee National Forest. I know the Ocoee Ranger District is a good place to be and I look forward to working with some great people while facing new challenges together,” Wright said. “I've heard and seen a lot of very positive things about the Cherokee National Forest and know that we will continue to work on building off of those accomplishments. The Ocoee Ranger District is a very special place to local residents and visitors alike. As the District Ranger, it is my job to keep it special, by working with employees, cooperators and the public to provide the highest quality human and natural resource programs possible.”