Tom Tidwell, Chief of the U.S. Forest Service, announced on August 18 his retirement, effective September 1. Tidwell will be replaced by Tony Tooke, Regional Forester for the Southern Region, which includes the George Washington (GWNF) and Jefferson National Forests. For more on Mr. Tooke, see the article below under Big Picture.
The management changes are particularly relevant because the Forest Service has a major decision pending as to whether the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) should be permitted to cross the GWNF. Comments on a proposal to amend the Monongahela National Forest and GWNF forest plans to accommodate the ACP are due September 5. For more on this, see ABRA Update 140.