June 19, 2009
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Tom Tidwell will serve as the new chief for the U.S. Forest Service (FS).
"Tidwell's 32 years of experience in our forests and impressive track record of collaboration and problem solving will help us tackle the great challenges ahead," said Vilsack.
Tidwell has spent 32 years with the forest service in a variety of positions. He began his FS career on the Boise National Forest and has since worked in eight different national forests across three regions.
Tidwell's field experience includes working from the rural areas of Nevada and Idaho all the way to the urban forests in California and the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah, where he served as forest supervisor during the 2002 Winter Olympics. He also has extensive fire experience, beginning as a firefighter and accumulating 19 years as an agency administrator responsible for fire suppression decisions.