Daniel A. Devlin, Pennsylvania’s State Forester and the 13th in the history of Pennsylvania’s forest management program, recently was named a recipient of the Pennsylvania State University 2017 Forest Resources Outstanding Alumni Award. (photo left)
Devlin, who serves as DCNR’s director of the Bureau of Forestry, was honored on April 1 at a banquet in State College.
The annual awards program recognizes outstanding alumni and is designed to foster closer relationships among award recipients and students, faculty, staff, and other alumni.
The 10th Penn State alumnus to serve as state forester, Devlin earned his bachelor’s degree in Forest Science in 1975 with a minor in wildlife biology. He also completed a master’s degree in wildlife management in 1979 with a minor in forest resources.
Among many career highlights, Devlin has:
-- Since 2007, led management of 2.2 million acres of state forest lands and bureau staff
-- From 2013 to 2015, served as deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, while remaining state forester
-- Oversaw the addition of 18 new Natural Areas and two new Wild Areas to the state forest system
-- Coordinated development of the Bureau of Forestry’s strategic plan, Penn’s Woods – Sustaining our Forests
-- Provided oversight of all Marcellus Gas leasing and monitoring activities on state forest lands
-- In the early 1980s, served as the Bureau of Forestry’s only wildlife biologist, responsible for coordinating the fauna management program
-- Served as forest manager for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Indian Affairs on the 56,000-acre Grand Portage Indian Reservation in Minnesota.
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