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R. Lyle Laverty -- Department of the Interior
Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife

Prior to this position, Laverty had a long career as a Forest Service manager, rising to the level of Regional Forester of the Rocky Mountain Region and then Associate Deputy Chief of the agency. In these roles, he provided leadership of resource programs including timber management, fire and fuel reduction efforts, and watershed, range, wildlife, and recreation programs. As a Regional Forester, he oversaw the management and stewardship of more than 24 million acres of National Forests and National Grasslands in Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. Laverty has a bachelor of science degree in Forest Management from Humboldt State University, Arcata, Calif. (June 1965); a master’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, Fairfax, Va. (May 1981); and is a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (August 1997). He has served on the Board of Directors of numerous organizations, including the National Association of State Park Directors; National Society of Park Resources; Colorado Fourteeners’ Initiative; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; and Denver Metro Advisory Board for The Salvation Army. Laverty is professionally accredited as a California Registered Professional Forester and a Certified Forester, Society of American Foresters. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters and the National Recreation and Parks Association. As Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, Laverty will oversee policy for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Park Service, which have a combined annual budget of about $3.6 billion, and a combined workforce of about 30,000 employees.

R. Lyle Laverty