George Bain started work this week for the Northern Region of the US Forest Service.

Bain, who was the Forest Service's 2012 "Federal Land Manager of the Year," is the new Director of Recreation, Lands, Minerals, Heritage and Wilderness for the Northern Region of the Forest Service.

Regional Forester Faye Krueger welcomed Bain in a news release last week. She said that most recently he was forest supervisor for the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests in Georgia.

However, Bain started in the Forest Service in 1979 on the Clearwater National Forest, based out of Kooskia, Idaho. He also worked on timber management at the Salmon River District of the Nez Perce National Forest. He then was a district ranger forst on the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest and then on the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

Krueger said in the news release, "George has a history of bringing creative and innovative ideas to communities...We're extremely fortunate to have him back in the region."