Happy trails to Joe Hale, who set a high bar

By Cody Norris

Joe Hale, long-term range permittee on the Mark Twain National Forest, is retiring his allotment.  

For 46 years, Hale conducted grazing operations in an exemplary fashion. Authorized through the permit he applied for and received from the Forest Service, he grazed an average of 150 cattle on the Ava/Cassville/Willow Springs (ACW) Ranger District. 

He worked with multiple District Rangers and range program managers over the years and became intimately acquainted with thousands of acres within Mark Twain National Forest.

“Everyone has enjoyed working with Joe,” said Range Technician Michael Stewart. “He was never afraid to communicate with us when something came up that we needed to know about, and he always displayed patience and would make sure he met all the requirements of the permit.”

Joe and Eva Hale at the ACW Ranger District office where employees had a chance to say farewell.

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