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Peter Hoagland – Federal Lead

Peter Hoagland is the State Forester for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Pennsylvania. He has worked as the Pennsylvania NRCS State Forester since October of 2015. He has also worked in several federal government positions throughout the country including a Forester position with the NRCS in Redlands, California; Forester and Wildland Firefighter positions with the United States Department of Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Taos, New Mexico; and various conservation related positions with the USDA US Forest Service in both Virginia and Alaska. Peter has a passion for forestry and natural resources conservation work with a focus on fostering collaborative partnerships to better leverage resources in order to improve natural resource related concerns.

Peter studied Forestry and Natural Resources Management, and holds a BS from Virginia Tech and a Graduate Certificate in Natural Resources also from Virginia Tech. In 2014 he was honored with the Society of American Forester’s Southwestern Field Forester of the Year award for his work incorporating collaborative efforts towards federal lands management. In his current position he focuses on providing forestry related guidance and leadership to NRCS staff and partners throughout Pennsylvania who assist non-industrial private forestland owners and operators with conservation technical and financial assistance through Farm Bill programs. These programs include the Environmental Quality incentives Program (EQIP), the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP), the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and special initiatives that include the Joint Chiefs’ Landscape Restoration Partnership, and the Working Lands for Wildlife Initiative.

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