ASI Supports New USFS Chief

The American Sheep Industry Association was pleased to see the permanent appointment of Vicki Christiansen as chief of the U.S. Forest Service this week. Christiansen had served as interim chief since March, but had the interim tag removed on Wednesday by Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue.

"There's no doubt that grazing forest service lands is a critical component of America's lamb and wool industry," said ASI President Mike Corn of New Mexico. "Nearly half of the nation's ewes spend some time grazing on federal lands throughout the year.

"We congratulate Chief Christiansen on her permanent appointment, and look forward to working with her and the forest service to ensure the priorities of America's sheep producers are incorporated into forest management in the future."

A veteran USFS employee, Christiansen has served as deputy chief for state and private forestry, where she had oversight of fire and aviation management, tribal relations, forest health protection, cooperative forestry and conservation education. She joined the forest service in 2010 as the deputy director of fire and aviation management. Prior to joining USFS, she worked as the state forester in both Arizona and Washington state.