Trout Unlimited congratulates new Forest Service Chief, Vicki Christiansen

October 11, 2018


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Chris Wood, / (571) 274-0601

Trout Unlimited congratulates new Forest Service Chief, Vicki Christiansen
Christiansen sworn in today to head agency tasked with managing millions of acres of public lands

(Oct. 11, 2018) WASHINGTON, D.C. Trout Unlimited welcomed Vicki Christiansen as the nineteenth chief of the United States Forest Service. Christiansen took over the helm of the agency after serving as the interim chief since March. As head of the agency, she will oversee the management of 193 million acres of public lands in the form of 154 national forests and 20 national grasslands.

National Forests are vitally important to Americas trout and salmon fisheries, supporting many of our last remaining populations of native trout and salmon and providing fishing opportunities for anglers across the country.

Trout Unlimited has a long history of working with the Forest Service to conserve, protect and restore our nations trout and salmon fisheries. This is our mission and the Forest Service is a key partner, said Chris Wood, president and CEO of Trout Unlimited. We congratulate Chief Christiansen and we are excited to continue our partnership under her leadership.

Joint projects between the Forest Service and Trout Unlimited have been nationally recognized for improving watershed health, earning several Forest Service “Rise to the Future” partnership awards.

Public lands represent the best idea that America ever had. All across the country, the Forest Service is becoming the best partner we work with to protect and restore native and wild trout,” continued Wood. Public lands face many challenges including climate change and balancing multiple uses. We look forward to tackling these and others with Chief Christensen. Working together we can sustain our our public lands and outdoor traditions long into the future.

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