Ground Truth: Dispatch

Christiansen Named Forest Service Chief

The word “interim” can be removed from her title.

Vicki Christiansen, who has served as interim chief of the Forest Service since March, was sworn in as the agency’s permanent chief during a ceremony this morning in Washington, D.C.

Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen.

Christiansen, who served as state forester for Arizona and Washington before joining the Forest Service in 2010, has a background in wildfire management. She served as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry before being named interim chief.

Before administering the oath of office, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue emphasized the need for the Forest Service to work with state and local officials on forest management issues.

Christiansen echoed that sentiment in brief remarks following her swearing-in.

“There are others that can really help us make things happen,” she told an audience largely comprised of Forest Service employees. “And we need to unlock their innovations. And we are going to take some risks and we are going to innovate together.”

Christiansen accepted the interim chief role following the resignation of Tony Tooke, who had been accused of sexual misconduct. During her remarks, Christiansen acknowledged the need to address workplace harassment.

“We cannot achieve our mission unless we have a safe and respectful work environment for everyone,” she said. “That’s what every one of you deserve and what the American people expect.”



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  1. Debbie Hauser says:

    Dear Ms Christiansen, You have the power to do so much good. Instead, you have mandated that the Devil’s Garden herd of horses be destroyed. They were chased with helicopters and many died. They are standing in pens., families seperated with mamas crying out to their foals. And now you have condemned them to a horrific death. Kill buyers will load them on crowded trucks, transport them for 15 hours to Canada and Mexico with no food or water. Then they will be unloaded at the slaughter houses where they will smell the blood and hear the screams of the other horses inside. When it is their turn they will be stabbed through the eye into the brain supposedly to die. Mostly they will be stunned then hung from chains to bleed out. Mares will abort their babies and they will fall to the floor- some alive. They will be hacked up too. And this is how you use your authority? You are the most despicable human being on the planet for doing this. And you are breaking several laws protecting the horses.

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