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Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman announced the selection of Dale N. Bosworth as the new chief of the USDA Forest Service. He 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."
On May 1, Mr. Bosworth spoke to the U. S. Senate Subcommittee on Interior and Related Agencies concerning the 2002 budget of the U. S. Forest Service. On the topic of recreation, he said:
"The Forest Service is also accountable for the services it provides to the nation for recreation. We are in many ways, America's backyard. Over 70 percent of the population of the United States lives within an easy day's drive of National Forests or National Grasslands. We are emphasizing performance accountability in how we meet the recreation demands of America.
"The attention of this Subcommittee to the condition of facilities used by the public has been greatly appreciated. We need to face the fact that a status quo approach to managing facilities will not halt the decline of our infrastructure. We would like to work with you to develop innovative solutions to this problem."
"An additional element to support the demand for quality recreation is the Recreation Fee Demonstration program. This program has been a success. The President's budget proposes a four-year reauthorization of this program."
Bosworth currently serves as regional forester for the Forest Service's Northern Region, which includes 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."
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