AUGUSTA, Maine — A former paper company official has been appointed Maine’s new state forester.

In his new position, Douglas Denico of Madison will oversee the Maine Forest Service within the Department of Conservation.

According to the department, Denico is a licensed professional forester whose career includes forest management positions with International Paper, Scott Paper, S.D. Warren, Plum Creek and Sappi. He owns and manages 1,300 acres of working forest in central Maine, and is the immediate past president of the Maine Forest Products Council.

Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley said Denico believes in Maine’s working forest and the jobs that come with it.