Mike Goicoechea selected as BDNF deputy forest supervisor

Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Mike Goicoechea selected as BDNF deputy forest supervisor


The Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest (BDNF) announce d last week that Mike Goicoechea has accepted the position of Deputy Forest Supervisor.

”I’m humbled to have this opportunity to continue working in one of my favorite forests,” said Goicoechea. “I’m excited to work with our employees across the spectrum of departments, and help us collectively accomplish a mission. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing our team succeed.”

Currently, Goicoechea is serving as the BDNF Fire Staff Officer and the primary Incident Commander for the Northern Rockies Fire Team 1.

Born and raised on a ranch in the Bitterroots, he took his first serious job with the USDA Forest Service in 1995 as a Forestry Technician after graduating from the University of Montana. The job got him hooked and Goicoechea went on to hold various positions within the agency to include a position as a Smoke jumper Squad Leader/Spotter, Smoke jumper Foreman, District Fire Management Officer, Forest Fire Management Officer, Fire Staff Officer and Deputy Forest Supervisor (Acting).

In his spare time, Goicoechea provides a different kind of leadership by coaching his niece and nephews in their sporting events. You may also find him enjoying a game of golf or out exploring our National Forest System lands with his wife, Terina, and their black lab, “Skidgen.”

Goicoechea’s passion for leading drove him to become the Acting Northern Rockies Operations Officer for the BLM in 2016 and seek advanced qualifications as an Agency Administrator.

According to a BDNF press release, “Goicoechea’s ability to effectively manage resources, personnel and make timely, informed decisions has been honed during over 22 years of service on National Forests throughout Montana and we eagerly look forward to benefiting from his leadership beginning May 9th, 2021.”