Company: U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service
Location: Nevada City, Calf.
As forest fire chief of Tahoe National Forest for the past 13 years, Jeanne Pincha-Tulley garners an overall 34 years of forestry management experience with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service. Ms. Picha-Tulley is dedicated to the agency in providing wild-land fire protection and maintenance, improvement of mobilization and tracking systems, research, forest rehabilitation, law enforcement support, infrared detection, and fire prevention and suppression. However, her expertise lays heavy on hazard emergency response and prescribed fire planning and implementation. She is also a national public speaker, presenting upon request and agency requirement.Ms. Picha-Tulley believes life revolves around having a plan. She strives to reach out and grab new opportunities, which may shift her plan, but help her move forward in finding her niche. In her world, a lot of people follow their fire fighting plan as being something of a hero or savior, but through the long hours, and hard and dirty work she has experienced and witnessed a birth of loyalty and trust for the people she works alongside. She sees fire fighters as doers who stick to three things: integrity of credentials and experience, duty as a moral obligation to protect and serve the public, and honor what is right in the face of adversity.
During her day-to-day responsibilities, Ms. Pincha-Tulley manages a variety of incidents, directs the protection of 1.6 million acres of land, handles fire suppression, hazard reduction and prescribed fires, and oversees aviation and national response. She has been successful in her duties because of her perseverance, willingness to try new things, learning from past mistakes, and her ability to blend old traditions with new ideas. To keep herself up-to-date with professional changes, she is a member with the California Fire Chiefs Association, Society of American Foresters, Federal Wildland Fire Service Association, All Hazards Incident Management Team, International Association of Wildland Fire, iWomen and Wildland Fire Network.
Ms. Pincha-Tulley received a master’s degree in leadership, and a Bachelor of Science in forest management in 1980 from the University of Washington. Prior to her post at Tahoe National Forest, she was the Mendocino National Forest fire chief for more than nine years, and deputy forest fire chief at the Colville National Forest for two and a half years. Currently, she is also acting deputy fire director of the U.S. Forest Services in Vallejo, Calif.