Vicki Christiansen appointed Interim Chief of U.S. Forest Service

By Partnership for the National Trails System
Adapted from USFS social media and March 9, 2018 AP article

Vicki Christiansen

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) has recently experienced a change in leadership in the agency. The 18th Chief, Tony Tooke, announced his retirement on March 7, 2018, and Vicki Christiansen has been appointed Interim Chief. According to a USFS Facebook post, “Christiansen was previously the Deputy Chief of State and Private Forestry in the agency and brings with her the experience of a long career in forestry, natural resources, and fire leadership positions.”

The Associated Press reported that Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Christiansen is tasked with “improving the agency’s response to sexual misconduct while effectively managing more than 300,000 square miles of forests and grasslands in 43 States and Puerto Rico.”

USFS statement on “PBS NewsHour” article:

Christiansen’s “Leadership Corner” video and blog post:

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