NEWBERRY — The new ranger assigned to serve in the Enoree Ranger District brings years of experience with forests throughout the country to her new position.
In a statement released this week, the USDA Forest Service announced that Mary Maercklein has been assigned to the Enoree Ranger District which includes Union County.
“We are pleased to welcome Mary Maercklein as the newest member of the Francis Marion & Sumter National Forests’ Leadership Team,” Forest Supervisor Rick Lint said. “Mary’s breadth of knowledge and experience from regions in the Pacific Northwest, the upper Midwest, and the South will serve and enhance her new role as Enoree District Ranger in South Carolina.”
The Enoree Ranger District consists of more than 170,000 acres located in Newberry, Union, Chester, Laurens and Fairfield Counties.
The press release states that Maercklein has strong ties to the south having been born in Tennessee and spending her growing up years in North Carolina. Her career began as a seasonal archaeological technician with the Klamath National Forest in northern California. While on the Klamath, she also taught elementary school in Happy Camp, CA for four years. She also worked as an archaeological technician on the Willamette and Ochoco National Forests in Oregon and eventually served as the Ochoco’s Forest Archaeologist. She changed career paths and served as environmental planner/NEPA coordinator on the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan for 13 years. Prior to accepting this position, she served as the deputy district ranger on the Ozark-St. Francis Ranger National Forests in AR.
The press release further states that Maercklein received her undergraduate degrees from North Carolina’s Brevard College and the University of Alabama and her graduate degree from Northern Arizona University. She has two sons, Vance and Peter. Vance is a mechanical engineer in St. Paul, MN and Peter is a musician/composer/bartender who resides in Nashville, TN.
“The work and projects on the Enoree Ranger District are impressive and I look forward meeting area partners and the local community who have been an integral part of the successes the Enoree has benefited from,” Maercklein said.
Mary Maercklein is the newest ranger assigned to the Enoree Ranger District which includes Union County.
This story courtesy of the USDA Forest Service.