State foresters congratulate new acting deputy chief of State and Private Forestry

The Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry programs help conserve open space, protect private forests from a variety of threats, and enhance public safety by reducing wildfire risk.

WASHINGTON—The nation’s 59 state and territorial foresters offer their congratulations to Patti Hirami on her new role as acting deputy chief of the USDA Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry programs.

“State and Private Forestry programs help to bolster wildfire protection and forest pest management efforts, support state-provided technical assistance to communities and private landowners, and implement state Forest Action Plans — the essential activities that protect and promote the health and productivity of all America’s trees and forests, regardless of ownership,” said George Geissler, NASF president and Oklahoma state forester. “State foresters were glad to hear earlier this week that leadership continuity for this critically important mission area would be maintained, and look forward to continuing our work with Patti in her new post.”

Hirami, who most recently served as associate deputy chief of the mission area, has worked for the Forest Service for more than 35 years, including as deputy director of Fire and Aviation Management in Washington, D.C., and in several different roles on three national forests. She began her career with the agency as a forester trainee on the Lolo National Forest in west central Montana, and holds two bachelor’s degrees in natural resources management from the University of Idaho, Moscow.

Media Contact: Whitney Forman-Cook at wforman-cook@stateforesters.org or 202-624-5417