Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman today announced the selection of Dale N. Bosworth as the new chief of the Forest Service. Bosworth succeeds former chief Mike Dombeck who retired from federal service March 31.
"Dale Bosworth is a veteran forester who has devoted his career to the Forest Service," said Veneman. "His background and experience will make him a great addition to our team. I am pleased to announce his selection as the 15th chief of USDA's Forest Service."
Bosworth currently serves as regional forester for the Forest Service's Northern Region, which include northern Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. As Forest Service chief, Bosworth will oversee an organization of over 30,000 employees and a budget of $4.6 billion.
"I'm deeply honored to be asked to be chief of the Forest Service," Bosworth said. "It will be a pleasure to lead an organization whose employees are recognized for their dedication, professionalism, and leadership in natural resource management."
Prior to his current assignment, Bosworth was the regional forester in the Intermountain Region and deputy regional forester in the Pacific Southwest Region of the Forest Service. He also has worked as a forest supervisor and district ranger.
Bosworth is a native of California and second-generation forester and Forest Service employee. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966 with a bachelor of science degree in forestry.