Getting to Know . . . Linda Wadleigh

Linda is the District Ranger for the Mogollon Rim Ranger District in Coconino National Forest. She is from Ohio, and received a BS in Forest Management and an MS in Fire Ecology from Utah State University. Her career spans over 30 years in fire management, from her first job on an engine on the Uinta National Forest to a Regional Fire Ecologist in the Southwest and includes diversions as an Assistant Fire Management Officer, a Forest Ecologist and a Fuels Specialist.

She has been fortunate to travel the country for the Forest Service, living in Utah, New Hampshire, Washington, Maine, and Arizona, and working on wildfires and prescribed fires in states from coast to coast. Her other diversions include a husband and two children, cheering for Ohio State sports, and for whatever sport her kids are participating in at the time. She is an avid reader and Dutch oven cook, loves camping and hiking, volunteers with the Boy Scouts of America, and regularly participates in 60-mile walks for the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

When she recently became a District Ranger, someone asked her why she left Fire Management. Her response was working in natural resources in the Southwest, you never really leave fire. Her District has a legacy of managed wildfire and a very active fuels program, and she is proud to join that program.

Born in:

Oxford, OH

Childhood Hero:

Wonder Woman

Current Hero:

My mom

Contribution to the Flagstaff Community:

Girl Scout leader, frequent volunteer at kid’s school (Northland Preparatory Academy), helped form wrestling team at NPA. Raised over $20,000 for breast cancer research by walking over 300 miles.


Hiking, movies, travel, road trips and travelling to new places

Favorite Western:

“El Dorado,” “True Grit” (both versions), “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “Cat Ballou”

Favorite Western-Wear:


Favorite Ranch Recipe:

Anything by Pioneer Woman - her salsa is the best! And anything cooked in a dutch oven.

Book You Recently Enjoyed:

“A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman

Fondest Outdoor Memory:

Fishing for trout in Utah using corn and marshmallows and staying out on the lake in a small rowboat all day long, so long we ran out of people-food and started eating the fish bait.

Currently Unrealized Life Dream:

Visit every continent

Favorite college class:

Fire management

Favorite Quotation:

Wish we would stop arguing about it and do something
— Anonymous