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Former Arizona State Forester Vicki Christiansen faces a range of challenges in her new role as as chief of the U.S. Forest Service, which grapples with funding, growing wildfires and a lingering culture of harassment at the agency. (Lillian Donahue/Cronkite News)

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WASHINGTON — One of Vicki Christiansen’s first jobs in her career as a wildland firefighter was helping to reforest the blast zone around Mount St. Helen’s after the Washington volcano’s 1980 eruption.

By ALEXIS EGELAND, Cronkite News January 13, 2019