August 31, 2017
The Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies welcomes Tony Tooke who was named as the next chief of U.S. Forest Service by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on August 21. Tooke will succeed Chief Tom Tidwell, who announced his retirement on August 18 and will take affect September 1, after 40 years with the agency.
“Tooke’s experience as a regional forester has given him a unique appreciation for state and private forestry,” said Nick Wiley, President of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and Executive Director of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “The Association would like to congratulate and is looking forward to this opportunity to work collaboratively with Tony Tooke and the U.S. Forest Service in achieving fish and wildlife conservation objectives and goals.”
Tooke, who currently serves as regional forester for the Forest Service’s Southern Region, has worked for the Forest Service since age 18, including many assignments in the region and at the agency’s Washington, DC, office. Tooke grew up on a 200-acre farm in Detroit, Alabama. He earned a bachelor’s degree in forestry from Mississippi State University. He was in the Forest Service’s inaugural class of its Senior Leadership Program and he has completed the Senior Executive Service Candidate Development Program.