On September 24, 2021, the Senate Agriculture Committee approved by voice vote the nomination of Homer L. Wilkes to become Under Secretary of Agriculture for Natural Resources and Environment, a role that would have him overseeing the U.S. Forest Service. During his hearing in August, Wilkes pledged to work with U.S. Forest Service Chief Randy Moore in “improving wildfire management and prevention, creating more markets for wood products, creating a safe inclusive work environment and building alliances that result in better management of public and private forest lands.”