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Cormier named to head Maine Forest Service

Cormier named to head Maine Forest Service
At a meeting on Wednesday, Amanda Beal, Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, confirmed that Gov. Janet Mills this week appointed Patricia "Patty" Cormier to be Director of the Maine Forest Service (MFS). For the past two decades Cormier has served as MFS District Forester for Franklin and Somerset counties in western Maine, Mills' neck of the woods.

Cormier's likely appointment was first reported by Maine Environmental News on May 3.

A graduate of Mt. Abram High School, Cormier holds a BS in forestry from the University of Maine at Orono. Prior to her work at MFS she was a forester for Georgia Pacific for ten years. Cormier is based in Norridgewock. She grew up in Kingfield, but now lives in Farmington, Mills' home town.

Cormier has been active in a number of organizations, including the New England Society of American Foresters and the Small Woodlot Owners of America. As head of the Maine Forest Service, she will also sit on the three-member Baxter State Park Authority.

Outside of her routine work for MFS, Cormier has hiked the Appalachian Trail, fought forest fires in the western U.S., served as a first responder in local fire and ambulance organizations, and with her husband, John Cormier, runs Wild Fern Winery where they have a hoop house and grow their own grapes.

Cormier replaces Doug Denico, a carryover from the LePage Administration. Before serving as director of the Maine Forest Service, Denico worked for a number of forestry companies, including Sappi, International Paper, Scott Paper, S.D. Warren and Plum Creek.

Mills, Maine's first female governor, has named an unprecedented number of women to senior positions in Maine state government, including the top jobs in the departments of agriculture/conservation/forestry, fish and wildlife, labor, education, economic development, health and human services, innovation, professional and financial regulation, and administrative and financial affairs.

Posted on Thursday, May 23, 2019 (Archive on Thursday, June 13, 2019)
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