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DNR Forest Service Director to Serve as President of the National Association of State Foresters

Photo of Forest Service Director Steve W. Koehn

Albuquerque, NM (October 1, 2009) — Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Service Director Steve W. Koehn was sworn in as President of the National Association of Foresters (NASF) at its 87th annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico last week.

“They’ve made an excellent choice in tapping Steve to lead this year,” said DNR Secretary John Griffin. “His background and expertise will no doubt be a tremendous asset to NASF and our nation’s treasured forests and natural resources.”

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve NASF as president and I am truly humbled to lead the nation’s most dedicated and passionate natural resource professionals,” said Koehn. “In the coming year, NASF will continue to advance initiatives dedicated to sustainable forest management and the resulting natural resource benefits important to all Americans, including clean and abundant water, renewable wood energy sources, carbon sequestration and mitigation, wildlife habitat, recreation and markets for thousands of forest products.”

Koehn has previously served as NASF’s vice president and treasurer, has served as the President of the Northeastern Area Association of State Foresters and has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1983.

A seasoned and highly skilled licensed forester with 26 years of experience in forest resources management, Koehn has served as DNR Forest Service Director for eight years. His responsibilities include statewide delivery of all technical and financial forestry assistance programs on both public and private lands. Koehn has also served as Chair of the NASF Water Resource Committee and has received certificates from programs such as the Society of American Foresters Leadership Academy; the Government Executive Institution at the University of Maryland; Foresters Becoming Executives at Yale University; and Senior Executives in State & Local Government at Harvard University.

Koehn holds a B.S., Forest Science from The Pennsylvania State University. He also taught forestry courses for eight years at the Johns Hopkins School of Professional Studies in Business Education. Koehn has held leadership positions in the Chesapeake Bay Program Forestry Workgroup, Society of American Foresters, Maryland Association of Forest Conservancy District Boards and Maryland Forests Association.

Also during the NASF conference, the Maryland Sustainable Forestry Act of 2009 was recognized as the nation’s Outstanding Forestry Law of the Year for 2009 by the National Woodland Owner’s Association (NWOA). Recognizing that healthy forests – many of which are privately owned - are essential to a cleaner Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, this law promotes the importance of forest stewardship and educates Maryland’s forest landowners and local governments about sustainable forestry practices that will help to protect water quality in the Bay watershed.

NASF is a non-profit organization that represents the directors of forestry agencies from the 50 states, 8 U.S. territories and associated states, and the District of Columbia. Through public-private partnerships, NASF seeks to discuss, develop, sponsor and promote programs and activities which will advance the practice of sustainable forestry, the conservation and protection of forest lands and associated resources and the establishment and protection of forests in the urban environment. To learn more, visit

   October 1, 2009

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