Bob Boyles, a forester living in Vinton County, was recently named Outstanding Alumnus by the West Virginia School of Natural Resources Alumni Association. He was honored for his exemplary action and leadership in advancing the natural resources profession at the private or state level.
Boyles is the State Forester for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. He also serves as deputy director overseeing ODNR's Division of Forestry, Wildlife and Mineral Resources. He has been employed by the ODNR for over 33 years.
Boyles earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees both in forest resource management from West Virginia University. He was also recently elected the 2016 Fellow of the Year in recognition of Outstanding Service in Forestry by The Society of American Foresters.
He and his wife Bette live in Vinton County on their 195 acres of recovering forest land.