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Brian Heath named new manager for Delaware Canal State Park

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn has announced the appointment of Brian Heath to manage Delaware Canal State Park in Bucks and Northampton counties.

“Brian’s expert-level grasp of public relations and administrative skills continue to shine within our state parks system, as evidenced by his exemplary work at a number of our popular parks,” Cindy said. “We are thankful for his work at Gifford Pinchot and are confident Brian will rise to the challenge of managing Delaware Canal.”

Brian will oversee the 830-acre park, including its nearly 59-mile historic towpath, 50-acre pond, 11 river islands and many miles of shoreline.

From riverside to farm fields to historic towns, visitors to Delaware Canal State Park enjoy the ever-changing scenery along its corridor.

“It is humbling to witness the impacts of this park on the towns, residents, and visitors along its 60-mile length, and how integral it is to daily life,” Brian said. “With an eye on the past while looking toward the future, I am honored to continue the Department’s commitment to maintaining and improving this cherished cultural, historic and recreational resource, while preserving the natural environment for the use and enjoyment of all, for generations to come.”
Brian succeeds Devin Buzard, who left Delaware Canal for a position in the regional office that oversees parks in western Pennsylvania.

He said he is working to ensure a seamless transition, which includes oversight of extensive repair work as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Ida in 2021.

A native of Derry, New Hampshire, and raised in West Chester, Pennsylvania, Brian said he is happy to be back home in the southeastern region of the state.

He added that he is eager to connect with stakeholders and the community to help showcase the beautiful, diverse park that spans a large section of the region.

Brian 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. 

He has been married to his wife Katie for nearly four years and credits her long-time support as a reason for his successful career.

Prior to joining DCNR in 2011 as a ranger trainee at Evansburg State Park, Brian began his career in parks at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. In 2021, he entered DCNR’s park manager trainee program, eventually serving as an assistant park manager at the Hickory Run State Park Complex. He was subsequently assigned as the manager at Benjamin Rush Neshaminy and Gifford Pinchot state parks. 

Visit DCNR’s website for more information about Delaware Canal State Park or call 610-982-5560.

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