Paul Lyskava continues to be an articulate spokesman for the interests and role of forest industry in the stewardship of Penn’s Woods. Through knowledge based communication, he has earned the respect and confidence of the public, all segments of forestry, the governor’s office and the legislature. In the Rothrock tradition, Paul‘s ability to represent the industry and all forest landowners is very effective.
Paul became the Executive Director of the Hardwood Development Council (HDC) in 1998. Previous to that he had worked as a lobbyist for the Rural Electric Cooperative in Harrisburg. At HDC he provided the leadership to create the “Sustaining Penn’s Wood’s” curriculum for middle and high schools in Pennsylvania. He participated in trade shows in Mexico and Germany, as well as many domestic shows in Atlanta, Anaheim, and Philadelphia. He encouraged the Council to provide key leadership in helping Pennsylvania lumber suppliers to go to China and help PA lumber suppliers find new markets for their hardwood in China and the Pacific Rim nations. In April of 2002, he led the first Forest Stewardship Council-certified mission of PA hardwood suppliers to Great Britain along with the Secretary of the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. He also was the primary contact for Pennsylvania to train pallet manufacturers on the new international regulations for heat treatment or fumigation of hardwood pallets in 2001. He continued as the Executive Director until August of 2002 when he became the Executive Director of the Hardwood Lumber Manufacturers Association (HLMA), which changed their name to the PA Forest Products Association (PFPA) in 2003.
Paul was instrumental in the development of the WoodMobile. He worked long hours developing the exhibit in time for the WoodMobile to be showcased at the 2002 Farm Show and continued to provide important guidance for the program as it grew into a portable museum and interactive educational showcase of Pennsylvania hardwoods by April of 2004. That relationship continued with Paul in his position with PFPA providing key leadership from industry in developing the WoodMobile through the years and he was responsible for the fundraising efforts from PFPA to create WoodMobile Two in 2014 with the grand opening at the 2015 Farm Show.
Paul led PFPA through the toughest economic times the industry has faced and managed to keep PFPA the influential organization that it has become. His ability to lobby for the industry as well as all forest landowners in Pennsylvania is unmatched. Most of the members of legislature as well as the governor and his cabinet know Paul and know that he is the “go to” person whenever there are issues concerning the industry and forest lands of Pennsylvania. Paul has been there to
intercept legislation that would have a detrimental affect not only on industry but forest landowners as well.
Within the Pennsylvania Forestry Association, he led the resurgence of the Log a Load pheasant shoot. Now the shoot is filled up long before the due date and he has gotten many others involved as sponsors of the event. He has also become an avid participant. He has been a supporter for the PFA Conservation Dinner for many years.
Paul has a true passion for what he does and spends a tremendous amount of time at it. He is a devoted husband and father to his wife Kathleen and son Sean. He and Sean enjoy riding bicycle and swimming together whenever possible.
Congratulations to Paul on behalf of the Pennsylvania SFI Implementation Committee!