Former U.S. Forest Service chief to give talk at MSU

Thomas Tidwell, 17th Chief of the United States Forest Service, will give a talk at Michigan State University January 22 on the importance of national forests to the environment, economy and society.

January 15, 2018

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Thomas Tidwell, 17th Chief of the United States Forest Service (USFS), will give a talk at Michigan State University (MSU) January 22 on the importance of national forests to the environment, economy and society.

The talk, titled ‘Forests, Why Should You Care?,’ begins at 4 p.m. in the Communication Arts and Sciences Building on the MSU campus. Over the course of an hour, Tidwell will examine the relationship between forests, water, food and energy. A reception will follow the presentation.

“Why do people care so much about national forests?” Tidwell, who served as USFS chief from 2006-2017, said. “From the clean water and air to biodiversity, economic activity that supports over 350,000 jobs and simply providing a recreational setting that renews our spirit, through conservation we improve the lives of hundreds of millions of people.”

Tidwell’s talk is the first in the 2018 Forest Paths distinguished speaker series hosted by the MSU Department of Forestry.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please visit the Forestry Department or contact Lindsay Pingel Weismiller at pingell@msu.edu.

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