Rita Retires

Rita Beard

Rita Beard

Rita Beard, Invasive Plant Coordinator for the National Park Service, Washington office, retired the end of August 2013. Rita received her undergraduate degree in Ecology and Biosystematics at University of California at Berkley, and a Master’s of Science (MS) in Range and Wildlife Science from Montana State University (MSU), followed by a second MS in Forest and Public Policy from Oregon State University. Rita began her career in invasive plant management with the U.S. Forest Service on the Townsend Ranger District in western Montana. While there she wrote the first Environmental Impact Statement on invasive plants in the United States which allowed use of herbicides to control weeds in wilderness areas. She was the Invasive Plant Specialist for the US Forest Service Washington office before transferring to the National Park Service.  Rita’s creative ideas, passion and commitment to invasive plant management will be greatly missed! We wish her the best in retirement.