New Managers at Forest Districts

The Bureau of Forestry has appointed two new foresters to oversee operations in northeast and northwest districts, according to Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis.

Nicholas P. Lylo, formerly assistant manager at Lackawanna State Forest District, was named district forester for that district, which encompasses Lackawanna, Susquehanna, Wayne, Wyoming and Luzerne counties.

Cecile M. Stelter, former assistant manager of Cornplanter State Forest District, based in Warren, Warren County, was appointed district forester for that district. Her district includes Warren, Erie, Crawford and Forest counties and a section of Venango County.

“Nick and Cecile served admirably in a variety of prior posts with the Bureau of Forestry and they bring a wealth of technical and administrative skills to their new positions,” said DiBerardinis. “They know their districts, their employees, and their major tasks and challenges, whether they are land acquisition and conservation or forest and wildfire management.”

Heading two of 20 state forest districts across the state, Lylo and Stelter will oversee forest-growth management, personnel coordination, infrastructure maintenance, and fire prevention and suppression. They also will manage service foresters who provide support, direction and technical assistance to private forest landowners.

Headquartered in Scranton, Lackawanna State Forest District is noted for its diverse recreational opportunities, offering almost 26,000 acres of state forestland.

“I am honored to be offered this opportunity to serve as district forester here in northeast Pennsylvania and I’m looking forward to working with the people and natural resources of our area,” Lylo said. “Economically and socially, the state forest enjoys strong ties to the community.”

Lylo, 43, succeeds Bradley W. Elison, who was named assistant director of the bureau.

Lylo began his forestry career as seasonal forest technician with the USDA Forest Service at Allegheny National Forest, and then worked in forestry positions with private firms. Hired by the bureau in 1991, Lylo has worked nearly 17 years as a forester, service forester, silviculture specialist and, most recently, Lackawanna assistant district forester.

A U.S. Army veteran, serving from 1983 to 1985 with the 25th Infantry Division, Lylo received a bachelor’s degree in forest science from Penn State University. He lives with his wife, Mary Jane, in Wilkes-Barre.Cornplanter State Forest District includes the 1,256-acre Cornplanter State Forest in western Forest County. Named in honor of Chief Cornplanter, famous chief of the Seneca tribe, the forest is not far from Col. Edwin Drake’s historic first oil well discovery in 1859.

“One of the many strengths of the Cornplanter Forest District is its history of partnerships and cooperation,” Stelter said. “I look forward to strengthening our existing relationships, forging new alliances and delving into many collaborative ventures with our partners and cooperators.”

Stelter, 40, succeeds Donald D. Wary, who retired.

Cornplanter’s new district forester began her career with the bureau in 1988 after working with the National Park Service at Gettysburg National Military Park, and with the USDA Forest Service at its Northeastern Forest Experiment Station in Radnor, Delaware County. For the past 10 years she has worked for the bureau as a forest technician, service forester in Forest and Venango counties, and, since 2004, assistant district manager of the Cornplanter district.

Stelter holds a bachelor’s degree in forest science and a master’s degree in forest resources management from Penn State.

A native of Herminie, Westmoreland County, Stelter lives with her husband, Jim, in Titusville, Venango County.

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