USDA Announces New Forest Service Chief

Current Chief Christiansen to help transition through July 26.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Randy Moore will be taking over the position of Chief of the Forest Service. Collaboration between Chief Vicki Christiansen and Regional Forester Moore until the current chief leaves office July 26 will provide a seamless transition in leadership as the western U.S. faces an anticipated increase in wildfire activity.

“Randy Moore has been a catalyst for change and creativity in carrying out the Forest Service’s mission to sustain the health, diversity and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations,” said Secretary Vilsack. “In his role as Regional Forester, Randy has been a conservation leader on the forefront of climate change, most notably leading the Region’s response to the dramatic increase in catastrophic wildfires in California over the last decade. His proven track record of supporting and developing employees and putting communities at the center of the Forest Service’s work positions him well to lead the agency into the future at this critical time in our country.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack as he leads the USDA.
  • For Randy Moore as he steps into his new role.
  • For Chief Christiansen as she imparts knowledge and expertise to her successor.
  • For the Forest Service as they prepare for the elevated number of wildfires.



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