The Forest Service’s Combined Eastern Leadership Team, with members from the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), Northern Research Station (NRS), Region 9, and Northeastern Area, State and Private Forestry gathered at FPL this week for the sixth year running.
Forest Service Interim Chief Vicki Christiansen addressed the group on a wide range of issues Wednesday, including the recent fire-funding fix, the One USDA initiative and the expectation of leaders as the Forest Service moves forward with important Workplace Environment efforts.
“This is always one of the highlights of the year, and we really do model the concept of one Forest Service,” said Tony Ferguson, director of FPL and NRS. “It was just a really great week.”
Other themes for the week included discussions on combining resources to achieve shared goals, environmental analysis and decision making, conflict management and prevention, and congressional awareness and interactions.
The Forest Service’s Middle Leader Program also spent the week at FPL and joined the leadership team all day Wednesday. Participants from both groups toured the Lab as part of their visit.
“I am just so gratified with the ease in which everybody in all three mission areas interacts with each other,” said Kathleen Atkinson, Eastern Region Regional Forester. “It is just wonderful to be a part of this.”