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Rintz takes posts as Lolo Forest district ranger

by Clark Fork Valley Press
| April 17, 2024 12:00 AM

The Lolo National Forest has named Curtis Rintz as the new district ranger for the Plains-Thompson Ranger District. Rintz started at the end of February.

“We are excited to welcome Curtis to Montana and our Forest,” said Carolyn Upton. “His background, skills and experiences will be a tremendous asset to the work we do and the Plains and Thompson Falls communities.”

Rintz came to the Forest Service from the National Park Service where he served as the chief of facility management and engineering at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in Nevada. He has more than 20 years of federal service and has also worked in the private sector in the construction industry. 

Early in his career he worked as a wilderness trail and fire crew member and as an archeologist and wildland firefighter. He began his career in facilities with as the exhibit specialist for the Intermountain Region’s Historic Preservation Program and has served as the chief of facility management at numerous national park sites.

“I am looking forward to continuing to get to know the staff and engaging with the partners and in the communities the district serves,” said Rintz. “My background, dedication to public service and commitment to preserving, restoring, and managing federals lands and resources will help me start this new adventure on the Lolo National Forest.”

Rintz has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arizona in cultural anthropology and economics. Away from work he enjoys working on old cars and motorcycles, hiking, traveling and reading.