Thanks to the Rocky Mountaineers, our Region 2 retirement group, for this link to an Evergreen interview with Lyle Laverty. I have been out of the loop on potential Secretaries, Undersecretaries and Chiefs and perhaps others can share what they’ve heard…
Interesting that Lyle has worked in both DOI and USDA. I notice that Evergreen said that he and Michael Rains were candidates. I have worked with both of these folks, and they are both very good. I wonder who else is on the list?
Any folks can contribute a post on “if I were Chief” to this blog, we are not limited to folks identified by the new administration. Just email me at email@example.com. Y ou all can pick any of Lyle’s statements to discuss..because we have folks outside the agency here, we can kick it off with:
“There is great value in tenure. Land and resources are complex. As an agency, we need to encourage folks to become established members of communities. We need them to understand the complexity of the resources they are stewarding. Tenure translates into learning and accountability. With constant changes, the individual never sees the full outcome of the decisions they make or the work they perform, they never understand the community, or develop the relationships necessary to achieve outcomes. Perhaps a bonus system for tenure could change the active movement. The current alignment of the agency’s human capital does not encourage learning or the formation of the strong community ties that were for decades an integral part of the Forest Service’s great success.”