Bill Gabbert, of Wildfire Today, has a nice round-up of all the stories and news around this in this post.
Chief Tooke is, of course, innocent until proven guilty of the sexual misconduct allegations.
This is a disgusting, demoralizing, distasteful, detestable scandal facing the agency where I spent 20 years. Looking at the sheer numbers, and knowing that allegations of sexual misconduct go all the way to the top, it is hard to fathom how anyone who has been mistreated can be optimistic that the harassment will stop, or that the perpetrators will be brought to justice.
This HAS to be the Forest Service’s number one priority — clean up this wreckage that is festering within their workforce.
Would you recommend that your daughter, girlfriend, or spouse apply for a job with the U.S. Forest Service?
Of course, I would say absolutely apply for a job with the Forest Service! If you are in, say coop forestry, or research, or a NEPA or silviculture person, you can go for 30 years or more without sexual harassment. If you are a woman and you want to go into fire, well then I would look at the statistics comparing women in fire in the Park Service, BLM, BIA, FWS and so on… even state agencies. I wonder whether they are available? Any folks know of these? Based on what I know now, I would say “stay out of Fire” not “stay out of the FS.”
Fire is part of the FS, but it is not the FS.