ANF Supervisor retires

Allegheny National Forest Supervisor Sherry Tune announced her retirement Tuesday following a 40-year career with the USDA Forest Service.

She began her career as a clerk-typist in 1978. She transitioned to firefighter, district ranger and was forest supervisor at Mendocino National Forest in California prior to taking the position at the Allegheny National Forest.

“It’s been an honor and privilege to have worked in such a special place, alongside the dedicated employees of the Allegheny National Forest and with our many partners who have contributed their time and energy to this forest,” said Tune. “I can think of no better place to conclude my Forest Service career than right here on the Allegheny National Forest.”

During her tenure, Tune strived to build partnerships that would improve the health of the forest. Accolades include: initiating the Allegheny Forest Health Collaborative; participating on the Governor’s Green Ribbon Task Force which led to the Good Neighbor Agreement with the state; partnering with the EPA, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association to improve stewardship at well sites; partnering with the Warren County Chamber of Business and Industry in establishing the Mountain Bike Trails at Jakes Rocks; collaborating with the Seneca Nation of Indians to preserve cultural sites; working with Pennsylvania Wilds and the Warren County Visitors Bureau to improve recreation opportunities; engaging with Allegheny Hardwoods Utilization Group in identifying and addressing issues of timber management and being involved in the Warren County Marketing Task Force.

“To all those who gave their hard work, support, partnership and friendship during my tenure as Forest Supervisor, I thank you for your contribution to the stewardship of our Allegheny National Forest,” Tune said.

The Allegheny National Forest will continue to be supervised by acting Forest Supervisor Chris Cook and qualified acting forest supervisors as needed. A permanent Forest Supervisor is expected to be hired by late winter.