Dave Schmid

Other Forest Service

Photo of Dave Schmid, he is wearing a life vest and is holding a fish.

Greetings from the Great Land! I’m Dave Schmid and I’m the Regional Forester for the Alaska Region of the U.S. Forest Service. We steward the nation’s two largest national forests — the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska, and the Chugach National Forest in southcentral Alaska. These two, vast public lands cover more than 24-million acres, an area about the size of the state of Kentucky! It’s an environment where the forests meet the ocean – our national forests provide homes for humpback whales, brown bears, bald eagles, salmon – and diverse, natural resource dependent-communities.

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a degree in forest management, and I’ve worked for the Forest Service for more than 30 years. I’ve lived and worked in Minnesota, Alaska, Montana, Washington DC, and Georgia – and wherever I’ve been, I’ve been a passionate advocate for helping Americans connect with THEIR treasured public lands. In my free time, I love to hunt, fish, and explore new places and new cultures with my family.

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