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Resume, Recover, Reset

Photo: Portrait of Vicki Christiansen in front of American & Forest Service flags.

Chief Vicki Christiansen, USDA Forest Service

Week two of our post-shutdown efforts to Resume, Recover and Reset is drawing to a close; if you’re like me, you’re feeling tremendous relief but also a jumble of other emotions. I feel great pride in the Forest Service and in all the wonderful employees who do such great work for the people we serve. I am so glad to have us all back!

Before all else, please know you are valued and respected for all you do. I drew deep inspiration from the thousands of employees across the agency who joined me on the all-employee call this past Monday. The questions you asked energized me, demonstrating how dedicated you are to the mission of this agency and to caring for each other and the communities we serve.

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