April 2, 2007
DAVID LYTLE NAMED STATE FORESTER
New ODNR Forestry chief formerly with The Nature Conservancy
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Director Sean D. Logan has appointed David Lytle as state forester and chief of the ODNR Division of Forestry.
In his new position, Lytle will oversee operations at Ohio's 20 state forests and lead the work of promoting sustainable management of Ohio's 8 million forested acres through the division's Service Forestry Program.
"Promoting the wise use of Ohio's forests is a top priority of the Department of Natural Resources," Logan said in making the appointment. "David brings with him a unique understanding of how well-managed forests benefit Ohio's overall economy and quality of life."
Lytle most recently served as director of forest conservation programs for the Ohio Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. He holds a Ph. D. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota, a master's degree in botany and plant pathology from the University of Maine, and a bachelor's degree in biology from Macalester College.
Aside from overseeing the state forests and promoting Best Management Practices on private woodlands, the Division of Forestry also assists local communities with tree care, planting and inventory through the Urban Forestry Program; promotes reforestation through the sale of Ohio Conservation Seedlings, and works to safeguard Ohio's woodlands from wildfires, insects and diseases.
Lytle, his wife Jodi, and their two children reside in Worthington.