Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell announced today the selection of Faye Krueger as the new regional forester for the agency’s Northern Region based in Missoula.
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.
“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.