“Bob’s impressive record in working to create a sustainable society and to preserve New York’s resources make him a natural fit for DEC,” Martens said. “In both professional and volunteer capacities, Bob has proven to be an exceptional environmental steward. Bob will be a valuable asset to DEC and the eastern Adirondacks community.”
For the past two years, Stegemann acted as a natural resource and public affairs adviser for non-profit organizations. He formerly worked at International Paper for 18 years, holding a variety of roles, most recently as the company’s manager of sustainability.
In his new role, Stegemann will manage and oversee the day-to-day functions of DEC’s Region 5 office and work with local officials and regional stakeholders to conserve, improve and protect New York’s natural resources and environment. Region 5 includes Clinton, Franklin, Essex, Hamilton, Fulton, Saratoga, Warren and Washington counties.
Stegemann’s previous experience also includes serving as the executive vice president of the Empire State Forests Products Association and as senior policy analyst for the Tug Hill Commission. In a volunteer capacity, Stegemann held positions with the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance, the Adirondack Research Consortium, the Adirondack Nature Conservancy & Land Trust, the SUNY ESF College Foundation and the Northern Forest Lands Council.
Stegemann earned a master’s degree from SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and a bachelor’s degree from Union College. He starts at the agency Dec. 12.