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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

Mike Echenmann

Division Chief
Bureau of Recreation and Conservation
Community Parks & Conservation Division
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)

400 Market Street, 5th Floor
P.O. Box 8475
Harrisburg, PA 17105

Mike is currently the Division Chief for Community Parks and Conservation within DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation. This division leads the Bureau's project work for the planning and development of community parks as well as the acquisition of open space for park development and the overall conservation of our great Pennsylvania natural resources. He previously served as the Conservation Landscape Coordinator overseeing the administration of the seven DCNR Conservation Landscapes. Prior to joining DCNR in 2001, Mike served as the Director of Parks and Recreation for South Middleton Township in Cumberland County for twenty-five years.

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