Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Jim Hyland as manager of the Tioga State Forest District, based in Tioga County.
“This appointment is a natural fit for a man who has worked his entire life in the north central area of the state. There, he has forged a strong appreciation of the people and the woodlands they value and enjoy,” said Dunn. “His local knowledge, managerial skills, and in-depth involvement of promoting the Pennsylvania Wilds region all equate to solid future leadership for the Tioga State Forest District.”
Hyland begins his new post Saturday, April 14, overseeing a district headquartered in Wellsboro, Tioga County, that includes Tioga and Bradford counties. Its state forest totals almost 162,000 acres and, along with seven other forest districts, it anchors the Pennsylvania Wilds region.
With its panoramic views, miles of pristine streams, and Pine Creek Gorge adventures, Tioga draws legions of outdoors enthusiasts through all seasons. The state forest is among the 2.1 million acres of public land, including 29 state parks, within the Wilds area.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to carry forward the Bureau of Forestry’s profoundly important mission to ensure the long-term health, viability and productivity of the commonwealth’s forests,” said Hyland. “This is especially true in a region that has been such a source of joy and inspiration for me, my family and friends for over forty years.”
A native of Shenandoah, Schuylkill County, Hyland started his career with the Bureau of Forestry as a Penn State University intern in the Rothrock State Forest District, Centre County. After college, he began working as a forester in Tiadaghton State Forest District, Lycoming County. He was later promoted to Tiadaghton Assistant District Manager and spent two years directing state forest maintenance and recreational programs in the district.
For the past 11 years, Hyland has served as a Forest Program Specialist with the Bureau’s Division of Operations and Recreation, with emphasis on the Pennsylvania Wilds Region. He has been active with the Bureau’s History Committee, and with a love of writing has penned many articles for local newspapers and DCNR publications documenting the lore of north central Pennsylvania and his native coal region, among other topics. Also, he has served as a firefighter and public information officer on many firefighting assignments in the Western U.S.
Heading one of 20 state forest districts across the state, Hyland will oversee forest-growth management, personnel coordination, infrastructure maintenance, recreation, and fire prevention and suppression. He also will manage service foresters who provide support, direction and technical assistance to private forest landowners. He succeeds Christopher S. Gastrock as district forester.
Hyland, 54, holds a bachelor’s degree in Forest Management from The Pennsylvania State University. An avid outdoorsman, Hyland enjoys nature writing, woodworking, history, backcountry travel, and any type of adventure. Parents of three grown children, he and his wife, Sherry, reside in rural Lycoming County.
Find more information about Tioga State Forest District and Pennsylvania’s 19 other state forest districts from DCNR's website.
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