Tony Tooke, a 1983 alumnus of Mississippi State University, is the new chief of the U.S. Forest Service, the national agency responsible for the management and protection of 154 national forests throughout the nation.
A Detroit, Ala., native, Tooke’s career with the U.S. Forest Service began at age 18 and continued through his collegiate days. He most recently served as regional forester for the Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service. Prior positions included associate deputy chief for the National Forest System, director of ecosystem management coordination, deputy director of economic recovery, and assistant director of forest management.
Prior to 2006, Tooke held several positions throughout the South, including deputy forest supervisor for the National Forest in Florida, district ranger in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and forester in Kentucky.
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