DCNR Appoints New Park Superintendent for Delaware Canal State Park
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn today announced the appointment of Brian Heath to manage the Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks and Northampton counties.
“Brian’s expert-level understanding of public relations and administrative skills continues to shine within our state park system, as evidenced by his exemplary work at a number of our popular parks,” Dunn said. . “We are grateful for his work at Gifford Pinchot and are confident that Brian will rise to the challenge of managing the Delaware Canal.”
Heath will oversee the 830-acre park, including its nearly 59-mile historic towpath, a 50-acre pond, 11 river islands and many miles of shoreline.
From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to the Delaware Canal State Park enjoy the ever-changing landscape along its corridor.
“It is humbling to witness the impacts this park has had on cities, residents and visitors along its 60 miles in length, and how integral it is to daily life,” Heath said. “With an eye to the past while looking to the future, I am honored to continue the Department’s commitment to maintaining and enhancing this valuable cultural, historical and recreational resource, while preserving the natural environment for and enjoyment for all, for generations to come. come.”
Heath succeeds Devin Buzard, who left the Delaware Canal for a position at the regional office that oversees parks in western Pennsylvania.
He said he is working to ensure a smooth transition, which includes overseeing major repair work following the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021.
Originally from Derry, New Hampshire, and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Heath said he was happy to be back home in the southeast region of the state.
He added that he looked forward to connecting with stakeholders and the community to help showcase the beautiful, diverse park that spans much of the region.
Heath holds an associate’s degree in business management from Delaware County Community College and a bachelor’s degree in recreation and recreation services management from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Heath has been married to his wife Katie for nearly four years and credits his longtime support as the reason for his successful career.
Prior to joining DCNR in 2011 as a trainee ranger at Evansburg State Park, Heath began his career in the parks of the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
In 2021, he entered DCNR’s Park Management Trainee Program, eventually serving as Assistant Park Manager at Hickory Run State Park Complex.
He was later appointed Superintendent of Benjamin Rush Neshaminy and Gifford Pinchot State Parks.
Visit the DCNR website for more information on Delaware Canal State Park or call 610-982-5560.
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