James C. Nelson, former director of the DCNR Bureau of Forestry, died Saturday at his home in East Berlin. He was 81.
Jim was a Forest Resource Planner responsible for developing timber management criteria, wildlife habitat guidelines, natural area and wild area programs for the state forests.
He was the author of the first comprehensive Forest Resource Plan for 2 million acres of state forest land in 1970 during a career that spanned over 42 years with the Bureau of Forestry culminating in the position of State Forester, and was the Director of the Bureau from 1989-1994. He was also a fellow of 50 years with the Society of American Foresters and served on their board of directors.
He was a graduate of Penn State University where he received the Alumni Award from the School of Forestry. Click Here for this morning's obituary.