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Forestry department reorganizes

The Virginia Department of Forestry has shifted from a county-based to a multi-county area-based agency under a reorganization plan that went into effect earlier this month.

Under this new plan, Gloucester resident Ken Sterner, forester for Middlesex, is now also responsible for Mathews, Gloucester and York counties, as well as the cities of Newport News and Hampton.

Sterner, 36, is a 2006 forestry graduate from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He has been the forester for Middlesex and lower King and Queen County since 2008. Prior to that, he worked in North Carolina for a timber procurement firm.

Sterner will move his primary location from Middlesex to Gloucester in the coming months so that he will be more centrally-located. Area forester Jeff Darr and forestry technician Nelson Jarvis will also remain in the Gloucester office.

Under the "Going Mobile" concept, the state agency will further embrace new and emerging technology to enable employees to work in a mobile environmen...

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