On Monday, Randy Moore took the oath of office as Chief of the Forest Service. He is the 20th person to lead the 116-year-old agency and succeeds Vicki Christensen, who has retired. Moore has been with USDA since 1978 in various positions across the country and has tackled some of the most difficult national forest land issues in California during his tenure, including tree mortality and worsening impacts from climate change. He has also worked to forge more productive partnerships with California’s state and local governments. Notably, Moore worked with RCRC and the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) to establish a memorandum of agreement for communication between the USFS and counties to help improve relationships between communities and officials at national forests.