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Westerman Statement on Incoming USFS Chief

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 28, 2021 -

Today, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) announced Randy Moore as the new USFS chief. Former Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen will retire at the end of July after more than 40 years as a professional forester, wildland firefighter and land manager. House Committee on Natural Resources Ranking Member Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.) issued the following statement in response:

"As a forester myself, I'm very familiar with the challenges facing American forestry and the need for a seasoned professional to lead the USFS. Mr. Moore is bringing new experiences and ideas to the table, and I sincerely hope we can work together on mitigating catastrophic wildfires, opening up our national forests to sustainable lumber harvesting, making forests more resilient against insects and diseases and much more. I'd also like to thank Ms. Christiansen for her years of dedicated service and thoughtful investment in forests, both in my district and across the country. We have an incredible responsibility to steward these rich resources well, and I look forward to creating solutions together."

Contact: Committee Press Office 202-226-9019

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