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Northern Regional forester named deputy chief; headed to D.C.

NATIONAL FORESTS -- U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell has named Northern Regional Forester Leslie Weldon the deputy chief of the agency, the Associated Press reports

Weldon will move from Missoula to Washington, D.C., early next year to take over the position, which has been vacant since Joel Holtrip retired two months ago. 

Weldon has overseen 15 national forests and four national grasslands in the states of Montana, Idaho and North Dakota since 2009. She took over Tidwell’s job as regional forester when he was named the agency’s chief. 

Tidwell says Weldon’s management, community involvement and partnership skills were key considerations in her promotion. He says her experience, judgment and leadership will serve the agency well

Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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