Forest Service Interim Chief Announces new Acting Regional Forester for Alaska Region

Contact(s): Dru Fenster

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Forest Service

Alaska Region

P. O. Box 21628

Juneau, Alaska 99802



Twitter: @AKForestService

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2018

Contact: Dru Fenster
Phone: 907-209-2094 Email:


JUNEAU, Alaska—USDA Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen announced today the appointment of David Schmid as acting regional forester for the Forest Service’s Alaska Region. As regional forester, Schmid will oversee management of more than 22 million acres of National Forest System lands in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska.

“David’s more than 30 years of Forest Service experience make him exceptionally well qualified for this job,” Christiansen said. “His natural resources work and 23 years spent on the Chugach and Tongass National Forests make him especially well-suited for the Alaska region, and I am very pleased he is bringing that experience to this role.”

David joined the Forest Service first as a volunteer in Minnesota. After graduating from college, he worked as a fisheries and watershed program leader on the Chugach National Forest and as a district ranger on the Tongass National Forest. Following his time in Alaska, he served as the national fish program leader in Washington DC, and as the director of biological and physical resources in the Southern Region.  For the last four years he has served as the Deputy Regional Forester in the Northern Region based in Missoula, Montana.

Schmid will report to the Alaska Region in mid-April, and looks forward to working collaboratively with the Alaska Region’s diverse stakeholders and communities of interest, especially on issues related to forest management and strengthening rural community health. Schmid replaces Beth Pendleton, who will retire in April after serving as Alaska Regional Forester for eight years. Pendleton served in several key positions in the Alaska Region, including Deputy Regional Forester for Operations and Director for Recreation, Lands, and Minerals. She also served as the Acting Associate Chief of the agency in Washington, DC, during the transition to the current administration.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The agency manages the 193 million acres of National Forest System land, provides stewardship assistance to non-federal forest landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world.



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Regional Public Affairs

Jackie Chandler
Director, Public Affairs
(907) 586-8803

Erica Keene
Media Relations Specialist
(907) 586-8892

Forest Public Affairs

Chugach National Forest

Mona Spargo
Public Affairs Specialist
(907) 743-9572
Chugach National Forest webpage

Tongass National Forest

Paul Robbins
Public Affairs & Partnerships
(907) 228-6201
Tongass National Forest webpage