USDA Forest Service
Heidi Valetkevitch, 202-205-1134
NAMED TO SENIOR FOREST SERVICE POST
WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2001 -- Sally
Collins has been named associate chief / chief operating
officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest
Service, Chief Dale Bosworth announced today. Collins,
who had been serving as associate deputy chief for
the agencys national forest system, will be
the Forest Services highest-ranking manager
She exemplifies the strong leadership skills
and breadth of experience required to help to deal
with the scope and variety of land management issues
that face the Forest Service, Bosworth said.
Implementation of the National Fire Plan,
roads and roadless issues, and growing recreation
on our forests are just a few of the major challenges
we are working on today. I am pleased that Sally
has agreed to take on the many challenges and opportunities
of this position.
I am honored by the trust and confidence
Chief Bosworth has placed in me, said Collins.
I welcome the opportunity to work with the
employees of the organization in handling the crucial
decisions and demands on our natural resources.
Collins became associate deputy chief in April
2000. She came to the Washington, D.C., office from
the Deschutes National Forest, Oregon, where she
was the forest supervisor since 1993. Over her 18
years in public service and resource management,
Collins has worked for both the Forest Service and
the Bureau of Land Management in Oregon and Colorado.
In addition to serving as forest supervisor, she
has held positions as deputy forest supervisor,
assistant planner, wilderness specialist, environmental
coordinator and mineral leasing coordinator. Just
before coming to Washington, D.C., Collins chaired
an advisory board with the chancellor of higher
education in Oregon in developing a proposal for
a new four-year institution of higher education.
Collins was born in Ames, Iowa. She holds a masters
degree in public administration with an emphasis
in natural resource management from the University
of Wyoming and a bachelors degree in outdoor
recreation from the University of Colorado.
Her spouse, John, is an oceanographer and their
daughter, Casey, is a junior at the University of
New Hampshire. The family enjoys a variety of outdoor
activities, such as skiing, hiking, canoeing and
Hilda Diaz-Soltero, who has served as the agencys
associate chief for natural resources since 1999,
will now direct the Forest Services Pacific
Southwest Research Station, Albany, Calif.
I have asked Hilda to fill this position
because of her extensive experience in several natural
resource leadership positions, Bosworth said.
She will be an invaluable asset to integrate
station research more closely with the national
forest system and state and private forestry programs
as well as with external partners.
I welcome the opportunity to direct one of
the premiere research programs in the Forest Service,
Diaz-Soltero said. Research will continue
to play a critical role in providing the scientific
knowledge to inform the natural resource management
of challenges we face in California and the Pacific
Phil Janik, who has been serving as chief operating
officer since 1999, will become the director of
wildlife, fish, water and air research. He will
guide the agencys research of these complex
issues facing natural resource managers.
Phil is an excellent choice for this position
because of his previous wildlife and fish administrative
work and his years of experience as a regional forester
as well as his overall leadership ability,
Bosworth said. With this move, we are also
reconfiguring this staff to include an element of
science and management coordination.
I am certainly very eager as I approach this
new assignment, Janik said. I look forward
to being able to concentrate more on the important
coordination between science and resource management.