Since assuming the position of Associate Chief for the Forest Service in January 2011, Mary has worked energetically on a wide range of both external and internal issues for the agency. Her main priorities have involved connecting people to their public lands through partnerships, restoration activities and connections with urban communities.
Internally, she continues to work with Forest Service leadership on finding ways to streamline and reduce agency operating costs while providing a progressive, modern workplace that more closely reflects the civilian labor workforce.
Mary has spent 28 years with the Forest Service in a variety of positions. Before becoming Associate Chief, Mary served as Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest Region in Portland, Ore. She has spent more than 20 years in key leadership positions in the Intermountain West, as deputy regional forester, forest supervisor on the Dixie National Forest in Utah; deputy forest supervisor on the Humboldt–Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada; district ranger on the Carson Ranger District, Carson City, Nev.; and district ranger on the Vernal Ranger District in Utah.
At the national headquarters level, she was the Forest Service’s first Director of Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers and served as Assistant Director for Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness Resources.
Mary was born in Monett, Missouri, and raised in southern California, where her love for the outdoors grew in the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Forest Management and received a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.
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