Tending Change on the Michaux: Welcoming Amy Shull

Please join us in welcoming Amy Shull to the Bureau of Forestry as the Michaux Forest District’s Environmental Education Specialist (EES) for Rural and Community Forestry programming. 

When asked, Amy shared her favorite part of living in the South Mountain Region is “I’ve lived all over the state, but no other area has ever come close to comparing with the people and places found in southcentral PA. It’s the region that raised me and I am very happy to be back home.”

Amy will work with our service foresters and statewide stewardship program area staff in Central Office — Rural and Community Forestry, Forest Fire Protection, Forest health, and Ecological services sections – along with the South Mountain Partnership and regional conservation partners to improve Michaux State Forest outreach and education efforts in York, Adams, Cumberland, and Franklin counties.  She will also work with Michaux State Forest management team, Friends of Michaux, and South Mountain Partnership to develop two demonstration woodlots and a private lands stewardship interpretive trail on the Michaux state forest as part of the Camp Michaux Learning Landscapes Initiative. 

Amy began her career with the National Park Service where she gained experience as both a Forest technician and a Park Ranger, first in the Delaware Water Gap, then on the Blue Ridge Parkway.   She then worked for PA DCNR for 19 years as an EES within a state park complex consisting of Nescopeck, Hickory Run, and Lehigh Gorge state parks.  During her career with BSP, she contributed significantly to award winning teams earning state and national awards in Interpretive design and educational programming.  She also played liaison roles with the Bureau of Forestry, PA Fish and Boat and Game Commissions to conduct joint training programs, events, and habitat improvement and wildlife monitoring efforts in the parks she worked in.  She served on state parks prescribed burn team and contributed to other resource management projects ranging from invasive species removal, tree plantings, and goose management to spongy moth, woodcock, vernal pool, and deer browse surveys.   Since relocating to south central PA in 2021 to be closer to family, Amy  has been working as an Environmental Trainee to become a Water Quality Specialist. Amy’s educational background includes an Associates Degree in Wildlife Technology from Penn State, Dubois; and a Bachelor’s degree in Park and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University where she also completed their seasonal law enforcement training program.  Her interests outside of work include hunting, fishing, and volunteering as a Hunter Safety course instructor for the PA Game Commission.  Amy  is looking forward to serving the four county South Mountain region, the District, Bureau, and Department in this new role.