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WA: A day in the life of a U.S. Forest Service officer

(July 31, 2017) -- Smith, one of 441 U.S. Forest Service officers, patrols the Wenatchee National Forest on the east side between U.S. Highway 12 and State Route 410.

YAKIMA, Wash. — At more than 500,000 acres, Torry Smith’s office is far bigger than most. And in his line of work, he has no set hours or “normal” days.

Smith, one of 441 U.S. Forest Service officers, patrols the Wenatchee National Forest on the east side between U.S. Highway 12 and State Route 410.

He sets his schedule based on the amount of people he expects to be in the forest and stays out as late as needed, leading to some 16-or-so-hour days that stretch late into the night and early morning.

Read the full story in the Yakima Herald.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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