November 2015 NewsFlash

US Forest Service Names New Grey Towers Director

MILFORD, PA – The US Forest Service has appointed a new Director for Grey Towers National Historic Site, the ancestral home of Gifford Pinchot, founder and first chief of the national agency. William A. (Bill) Dauer, a native Pennsylvanian, stepped into the new position this Fall, just in time to lead a busy season of public, education and leadership development programs.
A 1981 graduate of the United States Military Academy and former Army football player, Bill joined the US Forest Service as an engineer in 1989 after 8 years of active duty in the US Army. Bill has held several positions with the US Forest Service throughout the country, including the Rio Grande National Forest in southern Colorado and, since 2000, the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire and Maine, where he has most recently been serving as Technical Services Team Leader.
Bill is no stranger to Grey Towers and the Milford community. He served as the Acting Director of Grey Towers from November 2014 to April 2015 and, as an avid and talented wood worker, he has demonstrated the wood craft of intarsia to thousands of visitors at the annual Festival of Wood. A “sustainability champion,” Bill is wholly devoted to the Forest Service, its history, Grey Towers, and the conservation mission of “sustaining the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.”
“I am equally humbled and excited to have been chosen as the next Director of Grey Towers National Historic Site. It is truly a dream come true and as a Pennsylvania native, feels like coming home!” Bill recently said. “I look forward with great anticipation to working closely with its many partners, local communities, and the Pinchot family in promoting the history of Grey Towers and the Pinchot legacy of conservation while enhancing it as a premier Forest Service leadership development and conservation education center.”
In his free time, Bill enjoys anything that involves being outdoors and in the forest, especially camping with family and his 18-month-old grandson, and is a 28-year high school football and basketball official.
For more information about Grey Towers visit the website at; call 570-296-9630 or send an email to

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