BEND - Deschutes and Ochoco national forest supervisors have selected Yellowstone National Park's deputy chief ranger to lead the recreation, wilderness, heritage, lands and minerals programs for the two forests.

Mona Diving has been deputy chief ranger at Yellowstone National Park since 1997, where she assisted the chief ranger in directing resource management, visitor protection, emergency medical services, and structural and wildland firefighting personnel.

Divine served as incident commander for a special events management team routinely called to temporarily direct personnel administering special events and preparing for high-use periods on national parks.

Her natural resources career has taken her to posts in Alaska, Arkansas, Wyoming and Arizona.

On Sept. 7, Divine will begin serving directly under the forest supervisors of the Deschutes and Ochoco national forests, along with five other staff managers who will direct engineering, natural resources, business and employees services, public affairs and partnerships, and fire and aviation resources.

"I'm very excited about the position," Divine said. "It will be interesting working with the diverse resources in Central Oregon. I'm looking forward to serving a community with complex issues."

Divine graduated from California State University at San Diego with a health, physical education and recreation degree. She and her husband, Richard, plan to live in Bend.

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