USDA Forest Service Chief Announces New Regional Forester for Intermountain Region

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USDA Forest Service Chief Announces New Regional Forester for Intermountain Region

Photo of a lady wearing a white t-shirt with a royal blue jacket over top.OGDEN, Utah, March 4, 2021 — USDA Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen today announced the appointment of Mary Farnsworth as Regional Forester for the agency’s Intermountain Region, located in Ogden, Utah. As regional forester, Farnsworth will oversee management of more than 32 million acres of national forests and grasslands, across six states with over 3,500 permanent and seasonal employees.

Farnsworth will build on the progress made last year enhancing shared stewardship opportunities; emphasizing, strengthening and strategically planning future program delivery of recreation and range programs; and increasing the Region’s ability to treat priority landscapes to reduce the risk of wildfire. Farnsworth will also support national priorities such as containing the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring racial justice and equity, rebuilding the rural economy, and addressing the impacts of climate change.

“Mary’s ability to build effective and enduring partnerships will ensure the continued delivery of healthy, working forests for the Intermountain Region,” said Chief Christiansen. “The strong relationships she has formed while working with our state and local partners and diverse stakeholders make her a great choice to lead the Region.”

Farnsworth is currently serving as the acting regional forester for the Forest Service’s Intermountain Region. Previously, she held the position of deputy regional forester for the Region. Farnsworth has dedicated more than 30 years to the agency, beginning her career on the Umatilla National Forest in 1987. She has held a variety of leadership positions across the agency including in the agency national headquarters in Washington, D.C., California, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Farnsworth has a degree in forest management from Humboldt State University.

Farnsworth is taking over the position left vacant in April 2020, when Nora Rasure retired after serving six years as the regional forester for the Intermountain Region. In the interim, Frank Beum acted as the acting regional forester and recently returned to his role as the deputy regional forester for the Forest Service’s Southern Region in Atlanta, Georgia.