EDGEFIELD, S.C. —The National Wild Turkey Federation applauds Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue’s announcement and swearing in of Vicki Christiansen as chief of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service.
“Vicki is a tremendous leader and is well respected by forest service employees and partners,” said NWTF CEO Becky Humphries. “Her knowledge of the agency and our nation’s forests, from state and federal perspectives, make her an excellent choice for chief. The NWTF is excited to work with her for the promotion of active forest management.”
Christiansen, who has been with the Forest Service since 2010, had served as interim chief since March of this year.
In remarks made after the announcement, Sec. Perdue commented, “as a former wildland firefighter and fire manager, Chief Christiansen knows what’s needed to restore our forests and put them back to work for the taxpayers. With seven years at the Forest Service and 30 years with the states of Arizona and Washington, Vicki’s professional experience makes me confident that she will thrive in this role and hit the ground running.”
For Christiansen’s full bio, visit www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/newsroom/leadership-biographies.
About the National Wild Turkey Federation
When the National Wild Turkey Federation was founded in 1973, there were about 1.3 million wild turkeys in North America. After decades of work, that number hit a historic high of almost 7 million turkeys. To succeed, the NWTF stood behind science-based conservation and hunters’ rights. Today, the NWTF is focused on the future of hunting and conservation through its Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative – a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting. For more information, visit NWTF.org.