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Vicki Christiansen officially sworn in as 19th Forest Service Chief

Patti Hirami portrait photo.

Patti Hirami, acting Deputy Chief for State & Private Forestry

It was a good week at the Forest Service. The National Leadership Council was in Washington, D.C., to work on the shifts we need to make to be today's leaders for the agency. Several of us met with Secretary Perdue at the beginning of the week to talk about leadership and engagement with our stakeholders, partners and communities. The week's highlight occurred when USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue administered the Oath of Office to Vicki Christiansen as she became our 19th Chief of the Forest Service on Thursday, Oct. 11.

Under Secretary Jim Hubbard put it best when he said, “We are here to celebrate leadership with a genuine leader.” In turn, Secretary Perdue talked about a broader vision for the Forest Service. As the Secretary noted, “we want to operate as one—these landscapes belong to us all, and we want to be good stewards and good neighbors.” He added that both Under Secretary...Read More

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