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Bill Kaage Named Chief of National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management

Bill Kaage has been named chief of the National Park Service Division of Fire and Aviation Management. He succeeds Tom Nichols, who retired on January 31, 2014.

As the Chief, Kaage is responsible for the overall leadership, policy and program direction for the aviation, structural fire, and wildland fire management programs for the National Park Service.

He will administer a budget that exceeds $90 million in fire and aviation funding for the Service.

Susan Stein Named Director of USDA National Agroforestry Center

Susan Stein has been selected as director of the USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC) in Washington, D.C.
 
Stein brings extensive experience in technology transfer, working with researchers to communicate research results to managers, land owners, and policy-makers. Much of this work has been accomplished through forming and leading multidisciplinary teams from across the Federal government, as well as from universities, non-governmental organizations, and State governments.
 

Sarah McCreary's next adventure

If you were wondering what Sarah McCreary is up to post-NASF, Roll Call wrote a great story about her new role at Hamburger Co., a Democratic political and media consulting firm.

As communications director, Sarah will be working on the firm's branding, message development and web strategy efforts. She was an invaluable part of the NASF team and we wish her success in her new endeavors!

Forest Service announces personnel appointments

Press Release: Washington, July 3, 2008 - U.S. Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell announced today key personnel changes within the Agency.

Dr. Deanna Stouder has been selected as the new Director of the Pacific Southwest Research Station in Albany, CA. Stouder most recently served as the Director for the Environmental Science Research staff in Washington, DC. Stouder received her Doctorate Degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia.

Forest Service leadership changes

Hank Kashdan has accepted the position of Associate Chief, following Sally Collins, who was named last month by Agriculture Secretary Ed Shafer as the Director of the newly created USDA Office of Ecosystem Services and Markets. Hank has been Deputy Chief for Business Operations.

Jensen named deputy under secretary for natural resources and environment

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the appointment of Jay Jensen as USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment (NRE). In this position, Jensen will have responsibility for the U.S. Forest Service (FS), which manages 193 million acres of National Forest System lands and provides assistance to the more than 10 million family-forest landowners in this country.

Weldon to lead Forest Service's northern region

U.S. Forest Service Chief Thomas Tidwell has announced the appointment of Leslie Weldon as Regional Forester of the Northern Region of the Forest Service. When she begins her new position later this fall, Weldon will oversee 15 national forests and 4 national grasslands within the states of Montana, Idaho and North Dakota. She is currently the External Affairs Officer for the US Forest Service in Washington, D.C. Weldon will fill the position that Tidwell occupied when he was named Chief.

Forest Service to seek Deputy Director, Fire and Aviation Management

The Fire and Aviation Management Staff, within the U.S. Forest Service State and Private Forestry Deputy Chief area, will soon be advertising for a permanent full time Deputy Director in Washington, DC. Interested parties may contact Helene Cleveland for more information (hcleveland@fs.fed.us; 202-205-1488) or to request an outreach response form.

New staff at NASF

NASF is pleased to welcome three new employees to the Washington, DC, office:

Tonya Ross is NASF's new part-time Administrative Assistant. Previously an employee of Porter-Novelli, Tonya holds an MFA from Ohio University's Professional Actor Training Program, and a BFA in acting from the University of Wisconsin.

Chanda Hubbard, a recent graduate from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's in finance, is NASF's new Fiscal Specialist. Chanda is currently working towards her MBA at the University of Mary Washington. 

California State Forester to retire

California State Forester and Cal Fire Chief Del Walters announced this week that he will step down from the agency at the end fo the year. Walters has led the agency since February 2009; no word yet on who will succeed him in 2011.

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