The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced today Ellen Ferretti has been named Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forests.
As deputy, Ferretti will assist the secretary in managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of State Parks; Forestry; and Facility, Design and Construction
Ferretti will also work to develop policy on a variety of issues, including Marcellus Shale oil and gas development and drilling; along with maintaining relationships with stakeholders; enhancing outdoor recreation activities; establishing or revitalizing best practices for environmental education; and ensuring the ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure in state forest and park lands.
"Ellen has tremendous experience in the private and non-profit sectors," said acting DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. “In her most recent position as president of the northeast regional office of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, she worked very closely with DCNR and its partners on landscape conservation efforts. Her wealth of knowledge will be a valuable asset to the department.”
She has served as Vice President, Pocono Forest and Water Initiative for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, as a land protection specialist for The Nature Conservancy, as the Director of Environmental Management at Borton-Lawson Engineering and as a project manager at Westinghouse Environmental and Geotechnical Services, Inc.
Ferretti was also a member of DCNR's Conservation and Natural Resources Advisory Council.
Ferretti earned a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre. She lives in Dallas, Luzerne County.
Her first day at DCNR will be June 13.