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Hoosier National Forest has named a new Public Affairs officer as Andrea Crain has been appointed to the position.

A 2004 graduate of Jasper High School, Crain returns to the Hoosier state after working in California. She worked seasonally at George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes while attending the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

After her graduation from USI, she became a park ranger and later transferred to the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail in Omaha, Nebraska.

Crain later transferred agencies, joining the U.S. Forest Service with the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in northern California. She worked first as the interpretive specialist on the National Recreation Area and then became the forest public affairs officer in 2014.

She attributes much of her interest in natural resources to growing up the daughter of a National Park Service interpreter. Her father, Mike Capps, is chief of interpretation and resource management at Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Lincoln City.

In her new position, Crain is responsible for outreach and information services, media contacts, legislative issues and conservation education. She supervises several employees at both the Bedford and Tell City offices.

Crain and her husband, Trevor, live in Bloomington.

Crain can be reached at the Bedford office of the Hoosier National Forest at 812-275-5987.

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