Chiefs of the U.S. Forest Service
Though the U.S. Forest Service was established in 1905, the federal government had maintained a forestry agency for nearly a quarter-century prior to that. In 1881, Congress created the U.S. Division of Forestry within the Department of Agriculture. In 1901, it became the Bureau of Forestry, and four years later, the U.S. Forest Service. The head administrator was called “chief” until 1898, “forester” until 1935, and “chief” from 1935 to date.
Compiled by Gerald Williams, Historian, USDA Forest Service; Carol Severance, Historian, USDA Forest Service; and James G. Lewis, Historian, Forest History Society