Retiring After 33 Years: Ranger Jim Thompson

After multiple decades of service, one of the U.S. Forest Service’s most devoted rangers will be retiring this week.

Ranger Jim Thompson spent more than three decades total as a forest ranger, and two of those decades were in Northern Michigan.

He moved to the Cadillac-Manistee District in 2001 after previously working as a “cat skinner” or bulldozer operator in Alaska and as a full-time ranger in both Alaska’s Tongass National Forest and Minnesota’s Superior National Forest.

Thompson said he saw recreational opportunities grow since his arrival in Northern Michigan.

He believes his proudest achievements involved projects that aim to maintain or increase forest health.

Among those include recent habitat restoration projects for the endangered piping plover and the threatened eastern massasauga rattlesnake.

The USDA forest service says it’s grateful for all the work Thompson did in his 33 years of government service.