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10/25/2019

DCNR Names New Manager at Gifford Pinchot State Park Complex

Harrisburg, PA -- Today, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced the appointment of Brian D. Heath, former manager of the Neshaminy State Park Complex in southeastern Pennsylvania, as manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park in York County. 

"With his grasp of public relations and administrative skills, Brian was well-suited to oversee the active water-based recreation and strong visitation seen at Neshaminy State Park," said Dunn. "Now he will again put those qualifications to good use at a park where Pinchot Lake is the focal point, helping to draw more than half a million visitors a year." 

Located between Lewisberry and Rossville, Gifford Pinchot State Park encompasses 2,338 acres. It 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.  

The complex includes the 85-acre Samuel S. Lewis State Park, also in York County, and the 224-acre Susquehannock State Park, along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. 

"I am honored by the opportunity to work alongside our high-quality personnel to continue the rich legacy of natural resource management and visitor service excellence at Gifford Pinchot, Samuel S. Lewis and Susquehannock state parks," Heath said. "I look forward to serving the citizens of south-central Pennsylvania."  

Heath joined DCNR in 2011 as a ranger trainee at Evansburg State Park, Montgomery County. Entering the department's park manager trainee program in 2012, he eventually served as assistant park manager at the Hickory Run State Park Complex, based in Carbon County. Most recently he was assigned manager at Neshaminy State Park, Bucks County, and Benjamin Rush State Park, Philadelphia. 

A native of Derry, New Hampshire, and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Heath succeeds Devin Buzard, who left Gifford Pinchot to manage Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks and Northampton counties. 

Married, Heath, 33, holds an associate degree in business management from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure services management from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania. 

To learn more about Pennsylvania's 121 state parks visit the DCNR website

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