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History - Leadership Time Line

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Chief or Forester

Agency Name

Years of Service

Franklin B. Hough 1
Division of Forestry
1876-1883
Nathaniel H. Egleston
Division of Forestry
1883-1886
Bernhard E. Fernow
Division of Forestry
1886-1898
Gifford Pinchot 2
Division of Forestry
1898-1901
Gifford Pinchot
Bureau of Forestry
1901-1905
Gifford Pinchot
Forest Service
1905-1910
Henry S. Graves
Forest Service
1910-1920
William B. Greeley
Forest Service
1920-1928
Robert Y. Stuart
Forest Service
1928-1933
Ferdinand A. Silcox
Forest Service
1933-1939
Earle H. Clapp (Acting)
Forest Service
1939-1943
Lyle F. Watts
Forest Service
1943-1952
Richard E. McArdle
Forest Service
1952-1962
Edward P. Cliff
Forest Service
1962-1972
John R. McGuire
Forest Service
1972-1979
R. Max Peterson
Forest Service
1979-1987
F. Dale Robertson
Forest Service
1987-1993
Jack Ward Thomas
Forest Service
1993-1996
Michael P. Dombeck
Forest Service
1997-2001
Dale N. Bosworth
Forest Service
2001-2007
Abigail R. Kimbell Forest Service 2007-2009
Thomas Tidwell
Forest Service
2009-Present
     

Notes

1 Dr. Franklin B. Hough was orginally given the title of "Forestry Agent" in 1876. When the Division of Forestry was temporarily established in 1881, he was given the title of "Chief."

2 When Pinchot became Chief of the Division, he requested that his title be changed from "Chief" to "Forester," as there were many Chiefs in Washington, D.C., but only one Forester. The "Forester" title remained in effect until 1935 when the title "Chief" was readopted.

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