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September 20, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU graduate heads Pymatuning State Park

JAMESTOWN, Pa. -Dan Bickel, 1995 Slippery Rock University environmental education graduate, has been named park operations manager at Pymatuning State Park.

He joined state park system 17 years ago, immediately following his SRU graduation.

“This was my first full-time job,” Bickel said. “I was the environmental education specialist for the park, so I did a lot of school group programs.”

He was a state’s park manager trainee program, working his way up in various positions with the state park system, spending the past four as manager at Moraine State Park in Butler County.

“There’s about 21,000 acres here, and I’m pretty excited,” Bickel told the Meadville Tribune. He credited his predecessor with completing a number of projects, including adding handicapped-accessible areas.

His first assignment in the new job will be related to work on the $8.8 million project to rehabilitate the dam at Pymatuning. The project is being paid through a Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Grant. The dam was built in the 1930s, with the reconstruction to be completed in 2015.

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