Appointment of new Forest Service Chief is always important to conservationists-
The Forest Service Chief is appointed and does not have to be ratified by the U.S. Senate, yet he or she exercises great power over the National Forest System.
When Bush appointed Kimbell, there was a lot of complaint from the environmental community.
Tom Tidwell is currently the regional forester of the USFS Northern Region (Montana and Northern Idaho). He makes the third in a row to move from that office to Chief. Some thought that Harv Forsgren, Regional Forest for the Intermountain Region, was in line for the job.
Initial reaction as reported by the Associated Press seems favorable.
Career forester named US Forest Service chief. By Matthew Daly. Associated Press.
Below is the USDA news release:
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