News Release

USDA Forest Service

Washington, D.C.

FS-0216

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Contact: Joe Walsh, 202-205-1134

MOORE TO LEAD USDA FOREST SERVICE EASTERN REGION

WASHINGTON, Apr. 1, 2002 -- U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service Chief Dale Bosworth today appointed Randy Moore as Eastern regional forester. Moore will oversee 15 national forests in 20 eastern states. Moore is currently the forest supervisor on the Mark Twain National Forest in Missouri.

"Moore has demonstrated excellent leadership on the Mark Twain; first as deputy forest supervisor and then as forest supervisor. He has been a leader in dealing with a variety of Regional and interregional issues, said Bosworth. The Eastern region, while not as large in national forest acreage as the western regions, is unique offering many challenges."

Bosworth said, "Those challenges include the vast overall area, numerous urban areas and the demands of establishing and maintaining relationships with 20 governors' offices and congressional delegations. Randy served as a legislative fellow when he worked in the Washington Office, which will serve him well in the area of legislative affairs and working with elected officials in the Region."

"This is an exciting opportunity and challenge, said Moore. Chief Bosworth has set a new course for our agency and I look forward to being a part of this team. I'm looking forward to working in a different capacity and find the challenge exciting. This region has been a challenge because of its size and geographical dispersion. I look forward to continuing the progress that we've made with our partners."

A 1977 graduate of Southern University with a major in agronomy and an emphasis in soil science, Moore completed an assignment in the Washington Office as national deputy soil program manager prior to moving to the Mark Twain. It was during this assignment that he was selected for the legislative fellows program.

Moore will report to his new duties in early May.

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