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A Love of the Outdoors Inspires a Forest Service Employee to Support Her Natural Resource Mission

Posted by Beverly Carroll, Office of Communications, U.S. Forest Service in Forestry
Feb 21, 2017
Jennifer Heisey Barnhart on the trail on Sumter National Forest. Forest Service photo.
Jennifer Heisey Barnhart on the trail on Sumter National Forest. Forest Service photo.

Jennifer Heisey Barnhart has always loved the outdoors so it’s only logical that all of her jobs have been working outdoors.

Jennifer is a fairly new employee of the U.S. Forest Service, currently working with the Andrew Pickens Ranger District on the Sumter National Forest in South Carolina for almost four years, but her experience as a natural resources specialist is many years strong.

“From a very young age, I’ve always found ways to have fun outdoors and learn about my natural resources,” Barnhart said. She has held jobs as a backcountry caretaker, trail maintenance, and recreation planner.

She credits her hard-working, blue collar family for setting goals and striving for the best.  She has never feared trying new things and wants everyone to strive in doing their best.

“One of my biggest accomplishments was completing an Ironman competition covering 140.6 miles,” she said.

Read more about how Barnhart competed and finished the race in her Forest Service feature “Faces of the Forest”, an online showcase that highlights the people, places, and professions within the agency.

Category/Topic: Forestry

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Aug 16, 2014


chris a.anderson
Aug 16, 2014

Very glad to know you are deeply involved in your work promoting and protecting our forestry future, Thank-you from certified family forester of Tennessee Chris

Brian Bousquet
Aug 19, 2014

Her wonderful story is an inspiration for me, I am praying about a job like this to open up for me, thank you for posting this, thank you for following your dreams and thank you for being good stewards of God's green earth! :-)

Aug 21, 2014

It is great to hear of people like Jennifer going into a natural resource career. Thank you, Jennifer, for your contributions in conserving the natural resources and improving the environment.

Kelly Miller
Jun 17, 2016

They are very lucky to have you on their forest! We will miss you!!