DNR names new forest practices chief

Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark is appointing environmental scientist Stephen Bernath as deputy supervisor for Forest Practices.

Bernath, who previously served in senior forestry roles at DNR, is replacing state forester Aaron Everett, who is moving into the role of DNR policy director. Everett will also continue to serve as the agency’s federal relations coordinator.

“I’ve asked Stephen to join my team because he brings great technical expertise and experience to overseeing timber harvests in our state,” Goldmark said in a news release. “Aaron will now set policy direction across the agency, with focus on the huge responsibilities DNR holds for protecting millions of acres of forest, and coordinating with our federal partners.”

Bernath’s appointment, which includes chairing the state’s Forest Practices Board, begins June 1. The board determines regulations for timber harvest in the state.