Getting to Know . . . Laura White

Getting to Know . . . Laura White

Arizona National Scenic Trail Administrator

Southwest Region, US Forest Service

Laura White works for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service as the administrator for the 800 mile Arizona National Scenic Trail. She is based in Tucson. Growing up in rural southeast Arizona, Laura developed a love for nature and the outdoors at an early age and this later led her to pursue a career with the U.S. Forest Service. As a 4th-generation Arizonan, her roots are deep and she did not stray far from where she grew up.

She received a degree in Natural Resources Management from the University of Arizona in 1988 and soon went to work in the range program on the Coronado National Forest. Laura eventually became the Sierra Vista District Ranger and Watershed Staff Officer, where she was responsible for 42 grazing allotments.

In 2000 she moved to the recreation program, where she worked for several years in the forest-wide trails, wilderness, and travel management programs. In 2011 she took the Arizona Trail position where she is responsible for trail-wide leadership, guidance, coordination and planning.

During her career she has also been involved in fire rehabilitation, riparian restoration, forest planning, and worked on a cross-state motorized trail project. She resides in St. David, AZ. and has one grown daughter who shares her love of the outdoors.

  • Born in: Tombstone, AZ
  • Books or Documentaries You Recently Enjoyed: The Apache Wars by Paul Andrew Hutton, biographies of Tom Jeffords and Sarah Winnemucca
  • Favorite Hobbies: Hiking, riding, rock collecting
  • Favorite Western: The Cowboys
  • Favorite Western-wear Item: jeans
  • Favorite Ranch Recipe: frijoles
  • Fondest Outdoor Memory: family picnics in the mountains and canyons of SE Arizona
  • Currently Unrealized Life's Dream: visit Australia
  • Favorite College Class: Forest and Range Plants
  • Favorite Quotation:
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
— Aldo Leopold