Paul DeLong was appointed Wisconsin State Forester in 2003, after serving 10-years at the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in the Division of Forestry. The Wisconsin DNR's Forestry program has an annual budget of $42 million and 450 employees. The Forestry Division is responsible for the protection and sustainable management of the state's nearly 16 million acres of forestland and the millions of urban trees that are so critical to our quality of life. Prior to joining the DNR in 1992, Paul worked as a senior program officer for the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC, and as a mediator for the RESOLVE Center for Environmental Dispute Resolution, also in Washington. DeLong holds a bachelor's degree in forestry from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and a master's degree in natural resources policy from the University of Michigan.