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US Forest Service Chief – Tony Tooke

Tony Tooke has worked for the Forest Service since he was 18 years old, including many assignments in Region 8 and the Washington Office (WO), most recently as the Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the U.S. Forest Service.  In that role, he was responsible for 3,100 employees, 14 national forests, and two managed areas, which encompass more than 13.3 million acres in 13 states and Puerto Rico.  In his new role as Forest Service Chief, he takes over an agency that oversees 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico.

His previous position in Washington, DC was Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System; with oversight of Lands and Realty, Minerals and Geology, Ecosystem Management Coordination, Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers, the National Partnership Office, and Business Administration and Support Services.

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New Advances in Fire Risk, Hazard, Planning
Dave E. Calkin, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

New Developments in Fire Behavior
Mark Finney, Research Forester, USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory

Mark A. Finney is a Research Forester with the US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory.  He has worked at the Fire Laboratory since 1993 on fire behavior, fire growth modeling and risk analysis, and landscape fuel management.  He leads a fire behavior research team to discover fundamental physical explanations for wildland fire behavior using laboratory and field-scale experiments.  He was responsible for development and transfer of existing fire models to the national internet-based Wildland Fire Decision Support System.  He holds a Ph.D. in wildland fire science from Univ. California at Berkeley (1991), an M.S. in Fire Ecology from University of Washington (1986), and a B.S. in Forestry from Colorado State University (1984).


Postfire Ecology in the Face of Rapid Global Change

Jon E. Keeley, is a Senior ST research scientist with the U.S. Geological Society, adjunct professor at UCLA, research associate of the Santa Ana Botanic Garden, former program director at the National Science Foundation, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, honorary lifetime member of the California Botanical Society, and Fellow of the Ecological Society of America. He has spent sabbatical leaves in all of the mediterranean-climate regions of the world. Dr. Keeley has over 400 publications in national and international scientific journals and books and has garnered more than 15,000 citations. His research on wildfires includes work on ecological and climate impacts, as well as non-native invasive plants, and fire-stimulated seed germination.  He is senior author of a 2012 Cambridge University Press book Fire in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems: Ecology, Evolution and Management.