About the Regional Forester - Ken Arney

Profile picture of a manKen Arney is the Regional Forester for the Southern Region of the USDA Forest Service. As Regional Forester, he oversees National Forest System lands that encompass 13.3 million acres across the 13 southern states and Puerto Rico.

Ken joined the Forest Service in 2001 as the Southern Region’s Deputy Regional Forester for State and Private Forestry. During his tenure with the Southern Region, he has advanced many public and private partnerships to tackle forestry challenges facing the southeast region. He helped establish America’s Longleaf Pine Restoration Initiative and organized the Keeping Forests as Forests partnership with the U.S. Endowment for Forests and Communities.

Prior to joining the Forest Service, Ken served more than 20 years with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and then served as the Tennessee State Forester from 1994 until 2001. 

A native of Livingston, Tenn., Ken is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters, past chairman of the Southern Group of State Foresters and former president of Brentwood/Nashville Rotary Club.