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About Sally Collins

Sall CollinsSally Collins was named Associate Chief for the USDA, Forest Service, August 2001.

The Forest Service provides leadership for the protection and sustainable use of the Nation’s forested lands, more than one-third of the United States, and related natural resources. The agency carries out these responsibilities in every state, with an annual budget of $4 billion and a 30,000-employee workforce. It provides international leadership and advises many countries on conservation issues.

Prior to her selection as Associate Chief, Collins had been the Associate Deputy Chief for the National Forest System since April 2000. With over more than 20 years with the Forest Service, she has held positions including: Forest Supervisor of the Deschutes National Forest, Forest Planner, Wilderness Specialist, Environmental Coordinator, and Mineral Leasing Coordinator. She worked for with the Bureau of Land Management in Colorado for four years on the Lands and Minerals Staff.

She was born in Ames, Iowa. She received her BS from the University of Colorado and her Master’s degree from the University of Wyoming.

Her spouse, John, is an oceanographer and their daughter, Casey, just received her Masters Degree in Hearing and Speech Pathology from the University of Colorado. She is now serving in the Peace Corps in Peru. They all enjoy outdoor activities, especially cycling and skiing.