Harrisburg, PA - Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of two new managers to oversee operations of a York County state park and a three-park complex in Northumberland, Union, and Lycoming counties.
Devin Buzard, formerly manager of the Tobyhanna State Park Complex in Monroe and Wayne counties, was named manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park, near Lewisberry, York County.
Nicholas Sherlock takes over managerial reins of the Shikellamy State Park Complex, stretching north along the Susquehanna River from Northumberland to Lycoming County.
“A strong grasp of administrative and public relations skills has seen these young managers advance steadily within our Bureau of State Parks,” said Dunn. “Under the leadership of Devin and Nicholas, four parks and their many visitors can only profit.”
Located between Lewisberry and Rossville, Gifford Pinchot State Park draws more than 505,000 visitors annually. With its 2,338 acres, Pinchot offers visitors a wide selection of year-round recreational opportunities, including camping, swimming, boating, hiking and hunting. Located along Route 177, the park is a combination of reverting farm fields and wooded hillsides around the 340-acre Pinchot Lake.
Offering 339 campsites at the southern end of the lake, Gifford Pinchot provides one of the largest state park campgrounds in Pennsylvania.
“It is a great honor to have this opportunity to undertake Gifford Pinchot’s stewardship and serve its many visitors,” Buzard said. “I look forward to working alongside a staff that already is performing exceptional work at a premier destination.”
Buzard, 34, replaces recently retired Robert Deffner. The new park manager began his bureau career as field training coordinator with the Park Operations and Maintenance Division in Harrisburg. In 2013, he was appointed manager of Beltzville State Park, Carbon County, and most recently served as manager of the Tobyhanna State Park Complex in Monroe and Wayne counties.
Attaining the rank of corporal, Buzard served as a U.S. Marine Corps military policeman from 2002 to 2006. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism management.
A native of Clarion, Clarion County, Buzard and his wife are the parents of two children, ages 5 and 8.
Sherlock, 25, takes over at the Shikellamy State Park Complex after its former manager, John Clifford, took a bureau headquarters managerial post with its Program Services Section.
“I am excited to be named manager of the Shikellamy State Park Complex,” said Sherlock. “Shikellamy is a unique park with good, strong community involvement. This will be a great learning experience in park management.”
The new manager will be based at a state park where the Adam T. Bower Memorial Dam forms the 3,060-acre Lake Augusta on the Susquehanna. The Fabridam, the largest inflatable dam in the world, gives boaters access to safe, deep water where unlimited horsepower motors are permitted and 360 mooring slips are provided. Excellent warm-water fishing draws anglers from across the state.
The park complex also includes the 82-acre Milton State Park, Northumberland County, and the 20-acre Susquehanna State Park in Lycoming County. All three parks are along the Susquehanna, offering a variety of general day-use and water-based activities.
A recent graduate of the bureau’s park manager trainee program, Sherlock formerly had served as a park ranger, most recently assigned at Canoe Creek State Park in Blair County. A native of New Enterprise, Bedford County, he holds a bachelor’s degree in electro-mechanical engineering from Penn State Altoona.
For more information on any of Pennsylvania’s 121 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. Monday through Saturday; or visit DCNR’s website at www.dcnr.pa.gov.
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