Photo: NPS

JACKSON, Wyo. — Today the U.S. Forest Service commemorates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who spent much of his life helping advance equality in the United States.

Randy Moore was appointed as the 20th Chief of the Department of Agriculture’s U.S. Forest Service in 2021. He is the first African American to hold the position. According to the Forest History Society, before his appointment as chief, Moore served as Regional Forester in the Pacific Southwest Region in California from 2007 to 2021, where he had responsibility for 18 national forests, covering one-fifth of the state on 20 million acres of land.

Chief Moore: Photo: U.S. Forest Service.

“As a Black man serving in a historic role in this agency, I truly appreciate the sacrifices made by Dr. King and others to help forge my path to success as Chief,” said Chief Moore. “His words, his actions and his ultimate sacrifice to bring about positive change still resonate with me and millions of others so many years after he advocated for change.”

Today, Yellowstone National Park and NPS sites will have free admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day. This is the first of five fee-free dates in 2023. The Bridger Teton National Forest office will also be closed today in observance of MLK Jr. Day. They will return to normal operations tomorrow.