2009-03-12 / Features

Pa. State Parks Chief Leaving After 6 Years On Job

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - The man who's been overseeing state parks and forests under Gov. Ed Rendell is resigning.

Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Michael DiBerardinis (dee-BARdee niss) will leave the post April 3.

A statement from the governor gave no reason for the departure.

DiBerardinis helped establish the Pennsylvania Wilds to market the large forests in northcentral Pennsylvania to tourists.

The state also aggressively worked to protect parts of state forests as natural areas under DiBerardinis.

The Philadelphian has been in the job since 2003, the year Rendell became governor.

He was recreation commissioner during Rendell's tenure as Philadelphia mayor.

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