New Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke should continue Chief Tidwell’s collaborative legacy on forests

Aug 21, 2017

Mount Hood National Forest, Oregon

Wendy, flickr
The following statement is from Mike Anderson, senior policy analyst with The Wilderness Society, regarding the appointment of Tony Tooke to Chief of the U.S. Forest Service and the retirement of former Chief Tom Tidwell.

“The Wilderness Society congratulates Tony Tooke on his selection to become the new Chief of the U.S. Forest Service.  Tooke has a strong record of accomplishment in bringing together diverse interests and forging new partnerships to help the Forest Service meet the many challenges facing our nation’s forests.  For example, Tooke has provided excellent leadership in the development and implementation of the Forest Service’s new land management planning rule and the agency’s road management policy.

“Americans care deeply about the protection and restoration of clean water, wildlife areas and outdoor recreation on our national forests. We look forward to working with Chief Tooke to ensure the Forest Service continues to base its forest management decisions on sound science and robust public involvement that advance those values.

“The Wilderness Society also congratulates former Chief Tom Tidwell for his decades of dedicated and distinguished service to our national forests and the millions of Americans who enjoy and depend on them.  As a champion of collaboration and restoration, Tidwell achieved considerable success in reducing conflict and bringing people together to improve forest health and community well-being.  We appreciate Chief Tidwell’s many contributions and wish him the best in retirement.”


Mike Anderson, Senior Policy Analyst: 206-890-3529,; Or Michael Reinemer, 202-429-3949,