Industry News: Conservation

Manheim Twp. resident is Pa.'s first female state forester, oversees 2.2 million acres of forests

Tuesday, January 22, 2019  
Posted by: Dana Walker

Sometimes, Pennsylvania’s first female state forester gazes out the backyard window of her


Manheim Township home and dwells on a European beech tree.

The tree brings Ellen Shultzabarger calm. That’s a good thing because she’s responsible for 2.2 million acres of the commonwealth’s state forests.

Shultzabarger has taken over the reins at the Pennsylvania Bureau of Forestry at a time when public and private forests are being buffeted by invasive insects and plants, forest diseases, controversy over natural gas extraction and the effects of climate change.

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