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Eugene Anthony Piotrowski, 59, of Mechanicsville died Nov. 21, 2012, at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

Born Sept. 22, 1953, in Schenectady, N.Y., he was the son of the late Eugene Francis and Agnes (Idank) Piotrowski.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, cooking, fishing, hiking, hunting and kayaking. He loved the outdoors and wildlife. Most of his childhood was spent outside in the Adirondack Mountains and surrounding areas. He was an enthusiastic member of the Boy Scouts of America and received its highest rank of Eagle Scout in 1968.

In 1975, he graduated with a bachelor of science degree in resource management from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, N.Y. There, he was an avid member of the Woodsmen’s Team, excelling at crosscut, bow saw and speed chopping.

Early in his forestry career, he worked at the St. Regis Paper Co. of Machias, Maine. After moving to Southern Maryland, he became a project forester and later a state urban forester for the department of natural resources. Under various titles, including director of resource planning, he devoted more than 30 years of service to DNR. Working until the time of his illness, he was the director of public lands policy for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Office for a Sustainable Future in Annapolis. He was instrumental in the passage of the wildlands bill that preserves hundreds of acres in the state of Maryland. In addition, he drafted the Forest Conservation Act, created the PLANT program and advocated for the TREE-Mendous Maryland program. He strongly supported fostering an environmental ethic among citizens.

He is survived by his wife, Mary (LaLonde) Piotrowski; his daughter, Virginia F. Piotrowski; his son, Nicholas G. Piotrowski; two sisters, Caroline Komoroske (David) and Paula Maciag (Robert); his father-in-law, Walter LaLonde; sisters-in-law, Michelle Nelson (Frederick) and Melinda Ritter (Thomas); and nieces and nephews, Joshua Komoroske, Magdalene Maciag, Matthew Nelson, Kristen Hammer, Walter Ritter and Richard Ritter.

Family and friends will be received for a memorial life celebration gathering on Friday, Nov. 30, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home in Charlotte Hall, where a memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Deacon William Kyte will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be made to TREE-Mendous Maryland Gift of Trees, Department of Natural Resources, Forest Service, Tawes State Office Building E-1, Annapolis, MD 21401.