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05/02/2018

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Memorial Lake State Park Complex

Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment Christopher Houck as manager of Memorial Lake State Park Complex in Lebanon County.

“Chris has progressed through a variety of positions with the Bureau of State Parks, always exhibiting strong enthusiasm, qualifications, and professional background,” Dunn said. “His appointment can only enhance visitor experience at Memorial Lake and Swatara State Park, which he also will oversee.”

Houck was named to head the state park complex operations after serving as an assistant manager at Lackawanna State Park, Lackawanna County; Ridley Creek State Park; Delaware County; and, most recently, at Memorial Lake. He joined the Bureau of State Parks in 2013 as a laborer at Black Moshannon State Park, Centre County; later served there as a park ranger; and entered the manager trainee program in 2017.

At Memorial Lake, he will oversee 230 acres near the base of Blue Mountain in East Hanover Township, Lebanon County. The park is surrounded by Fort Indiantown Gap, headquarters for the Pennsylvania Army and Air National Guard. Houck also will manage the 3,520-acre Swatara State Park, consisting of rolling fields and woodlands in the Swatara Valley, between Second and Blue mountains. The scenic Swatara Creek travels through the park, surrounded by forests and wetlands that support a variety of wildlife.

“With my college degree, I realized it was possible help create and protect environments so that others could have outdoors experiences and memories like I have had,” said Houck. “I hope my appointment at Memorial Lake is the first of many opportunities to contribute to the conservation of public lands, allowing future generations the same appreciation for nature I have had throughout my life.”

Houck, 33, holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park, and tourism management from The Pennsylvania State University.

For more information on Memorial Lake, Swatara and Pennsylvania’s other 119 state parks, telephone 1-888-PA-PARKS from 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR's state parks web page.

MEDIA CONTACT: Terry Brady, 717-705-2225; tbrady@pa.gov.

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