Tester welcomes new regional Forest Service head

(KALISPELL, Mont.) – Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement after the U.S. Forest Service announced that Faye Krueger, a University of Montana alum, will become Regional Forester of the Forest Service’s Region 1:

“I’d like to welcome Faye back to Missoula in her new position.  Faye’s broad forest experience across the West makes her a great choice to head-up our region and manage Montana’s tremendous resources.  I look forward to working with her to continue implementing smart policies that put folks back to work in the woods and maintain our forests’ health.”

Krueger will replace Leslie Weldon, who is now the Deputy Chief for the National Forest System.  Currently the Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System, Krueger graduated from the University of Montana before serving as a forester in Gallatin National Forest and working throughout the West.

Region 1, the Northern Region, encompasses 25 million acres over 5 states.  It includes 12 National Forests located in northeastern Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana; and the National Grasslands in North Dakota and northwestern South Dakota.