State Forester Retiring After 42 Years of Service

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A longtime member of the Texas Forest Service says it's time to step down from his post.

James Hull, the seventh state forester and the director of the forest service, will retire as of June 1 after 12 years in the position. He has been with the service for 42 years in total, having held forester appointments in Kirbyville, Woodville and Linden before becoming agency assistant director, then agency associate director.

The TFS, which is headquarted in College Station and is part of the Texas A&M System, touts Hull's leadership in gaining the organization national recognition when it comes to wildfire protection and prevention.

Also noted is the service's work in incidents like the Space Shuttle Columbia recovery and hurricanes.

Hull is a Stephen F. Austin graduate.