On August 21, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that Region 8 (Southern Region) Forester Tony Tooke will succeed Tom Tidwell as Chief of the U.S. Forest Service. Chief Tidwell has served since July 17, 2008, and will retire on September 1.
Mr. Tooke has been a Forest Service employee since age 18, serving in both Region 8 and Washington, DC. In his current capacity as Regional Forester, Mr. Tooke oversee 3,100 employees on 14 national forests in 13 states and Puerto Rico. He previously served as a District Ranger and Deputy Forest Supervisor in several southern states.
In implementing policy, Mr. Tooke has extensive experience executing Farm Bill policies and a new planning rule for the National Forest System. He also served as Forest Service Executive Lead for Environmental Justice.
NACo looks forward to working with Mr. Tooke in his new capacity on our forest management priorities, reauthorizing the Secure Rural Schools program and strengthening local priorities in the upcoming Farm Bill.
To view more information on the Secure Rural Schools program, click here.