Montana Outdoors

May 4, 2012 3:34 PM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center

USFS taps new regional forester for Missoula

DENVER- A new regional forest will be taking over in Missoula with U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announcing that Faye Krueger will be the new regional forester for the agency's Northern Region.

"Faye's experience and focus on collaboration make her an excellent leader for our northern regional office in Missoula," Tidwell said. "As a lifelong forester and outdoors enthusiast, she'll bring passion and common sense to our 25 million acres of northern forests and grasslands."

Krueger replaces Leslie Weldon, who moved to the agency's Washington Office last year to take over the position as the Deputy Chief of the National Forest System.

Krueger was named as Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System in August 2011. Prior to that, she served as Deputy Regional Forester for the Southwestern Region of the U.S. Forest Service since 2008.

A Forest Service employee since 1980, Krueger has held positions on the Payette National Forest in Idaho, the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah, the Dakota Prairie Grasslands in Dickinson, N.D., the Gallatin National Forest in Montana, the Tongass National Forest in Thorne Bay, Alaska, and the Caribou National Forest in Idaho.

Krueger holds a Bachelor of Science in forestry from the University of Montana and is married with two grown children and one grandchild.

The Northern Region area encompasses 25 million acres over five states. Included are 12 National Forests located within the perimeter of northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota. The region is home to 16 congressionally designated Wilderness areas, six National Wild and Scenic Rivers, the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and 2,539 miles of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and much more.

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