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Director of South Mountain Partnership

Katie Hess

Director of South Mountain Partnership
Appalachian Trail Conservancy

4 East First Street
Boiling Springs PA, 17007

Katie Hess is Director of South Mountain Partnership with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where she facilitates the South Mountain Partnership, one of Pennsylvania seven Conservation Landscapes established by the Department of Conservation of Natural Resources (DCNR). She holds a BA in Environmental Science and Policy (Hood College) and a degree in landscape/regional design and planning from Pennsylvania State University (Master of Landscape Architecture). Hess previously worked with Pennsylvania Bureau for Historic Preservation, the state agency that works to conserve Pennsylvania's historic and cultural resources.

DCNR Internal Lead

Tyler Semder

Recreation & Conservation Advisor
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Tyler Semder is a Project Manager at the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR). As a Project Manager, he manages trail development, planning and acquisition grant projects across the Commonwealth. Prior to working at DCNR, he worked at the State Historic Preservation Office, PennDOT, Cumberland County GIS, Chester County Planning Commission, and Gannett Fleming. He grew up in Monroe Township, Cumberland County, and currently resides in the Borough of Dillsburg with his wife and two children. In his spare time Tyler enjoys playing the violin, traditional archery, hunting, fishing and walking with the family. Tyler is the DCNR alternate representative on the Leadership Committee.

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