Nicholas Named Forest Supervisor in North Carolina

Regional Forester Tony Tooke is pleased to announce the hiring of Allen Nicholas as Forest Supervisor for the National Forests in North Carolina, headquartered in Asheville. Nicholas will oversee more than 1.25 million acres of public land stretched across four national forests. From the rugged and remote peaks of the Appalachians, to the tidal rivers and wetlands of the North Carolina coast, the National Forests in North Carolina embody a diverse and complex landscape representing one of the most heavily visited national forests in the country.

“I am very excited about Allen bringing his wealth of experience in natural resource management and public service back to the Southern Region,” says Tooke.” Allen’s skills in collaboration, team work, and forging strong partnerships will be beneficial to the talented group of employees and the wide-range of partners already in North Carolina.”

Allen currently is the Forest Supervisor for the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. During his more than 30-year career in the Forest Service, Allen has worked in several roles, including: Deputy Manager at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, Administrative Officer at the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests, and Acting Director and Acting Deputy Regional Forester in the Eastern Regional Office in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

“North Carolina’s national forests are home to some of the most pristine and picturesque tracts of public land available, and it’s a great honor to join this amazing team of talented individuals that manage these treasured resources,”said Nicholas.”I look forward to building on the collaborative efforts already underway between the staff in North Carolina and our regional leaders as we continue to work toward new and innovative ways to engage the communities we serve.”

Allen was born in Magnolia, Mississippi, and has a bachelor’s degree in forest resource management from Mississippi State University, and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi. He and his wife, Debra, have two daughters, Anna Lisa and Kelsey. Nicholas reports for duty in February, 2016.

 

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