Pueblitos native is Alaskan forest ranger
Francisco B. Sanchez and wife, Eva, at the turn of the calendar year in 2011, picked up their belonging and headed north — way north to Alaska.
Francisco, a veteran and Forest Service District ranger for the Santa Fe National Forest, moved to the biggest national forest in the nation — the Tongass National Forest, which covers more than 17 million acres, having 10 District Rangers managing the forest.
“My district alone now encompasses over three million acres, with hundreds of other smaller Islands surrounding our new home of Prince of Wales,” Sanchez said.
He said, “the scenery, wildlife and beauty is one that cannot be imagined with the crisp air, salmon running and the eagles fighting. The planes buzzing around to get people in and off the Islands, makes traveling interesting.”
Sanchez, the son of Flora C. Sanchez and the late Ruben Sanchez of Pueblitos, has been working closely with the tribal governments and the many small Alaskan communities that rely on subsistence as a way of life. Knowing these people have been surviving off the lands for generations, Sanchez continues to help them any way he can to accommodate this remote and unique lifestyle and way of life.
Francisco and Eva enjoy boating, fishing, camping, hiking and the outdoors and the many activities that the island brings to their children, Andres, Francisco, Alejandro and Santana.
“Even though Alaska is the last frontier and in many ways a unique, once in a lifetime adventure, eventually we will come home — back home to the Land of Enchantment!” he said.