It’s official!  Vicki Christiansen was sworn in as U.S. Forest Service Chief by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday, October 11.

Ms. Christiansen served as Interim Chief from March 8 – October 10, 2018.  Prior to then, she served as Deputy Chief for State and Private Forestry where she was responsible for oversight of Fire and Aviation Management, Tribal Relations, Forest Health Protection, Cooperative Forestry, Grey Towers and Conservation Education.  Ms. Christiansen joined the Forest Service in 2010 as the Deputy Director of Fire and Aviation Management.  She has worked extensively on the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy bringing her experience as a line officer, land manager, wildland fire fighter and State Forester to the effort.  Prior to joining the Forest Service she served as the Arizona State Forester and Director of the Arizona Division of Forestry.

She leads an agency that hosted close to 150 million recreation visits in 2016 on 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico.

The ceremony is available via USDA Forest Service Facebook.

For more information on her distinguished career, as well as her contact information, visit