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DCNR appoints new manager at Susquehannock State Park complex
DCNR this week named Ryan B. Rager manager of the Susquehannock State Park Complex, based in Lancaster County. He had been assigned as assistant manager of Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County.

“Ryan has honed his administrative and public relations skills through recent assignments at one of our more heavily visited state parks and at the Bureau of State Parks’ Harrisburg headquarters,” said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. “His professionalism and enthusiasm can only enhance the public’s experience at the two parks he will oversee.”

Rager will manage a state park complex that includes the 224-acre Susquehannock State Park in Lancaster County, and the 85-acre Samuel S. Lewis State Park in York County.

Overlooking the Susquehanna River in southern Lancaster County, Susquehannock offers a variety of scenic river views while providing hiking, horseback riding, picnicking and other year-round activities. Samuel S. Lewis State Park features an expanse of woodlots and mowed fields, along with picnic tables, pavilions and ball fields.

“Both are beautiful state parks located near the Susquehanna River that provide amazing views of the river and its gorge,” said Rager. “I look forward to working with local communities and continuing to preserve the parks’ natural resources and charm, which have helped them become so popular.”

Rager also will serve as the bureau’s chief liaison with the Lower Susquehanna Conservation Landscape, an initiative to conserve and protect the greenway corridor along the Susquehanna River.

Rager succeeds Andrew St. John, who recently was named manager of the Canoe Creek State Park Complex, based in Blair County.

Rager, 32, began his bureau career in 2006 as a DCNR ranger serving at Presque Isle State Park, Erie. Assigned to State Parks Region 3 as a manager trainee, he assisted at a variety of central Pennsylvania state parks in 2008 and 2009. He assumed camping reservation support duties with the bureau’s headquarters in 2009; and was named assistant manager of Gifford Pinchot in 2010.

Married with a 3-month-old daughter, Rager is a native of New Wilmington, Lawrence County. He received a bachelor’s degree in parks and resource management from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania. Discharged with the rank of specialist, Rager served six years as a field artillery surveyor with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard.

For more information on Susquehannock, Samuel L. Lewis and Pennsylvania’s other 118 state parks, call 1-888-PA-PARKS between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; or visit here.

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August 29, 2012

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