2012-04-26 / Local & State

New Manager Named At Cowans Gap Park


The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Monday named Ryan Donovan as manager of Cowans Gap State Park in Fulton County. He is former manager of Colonel Denning State Park in Cumberland County.

“Cowans Gap is gaining a skilled administrator whose management background and public relations skills were valued highly in his past assignment,” said DCNR Secretary Richard Allan. “Donovan’s qualifications are an excellent match for one of our more popular parks where lakebased recreation draws more than 440,000 visitors a year.”

Surrounded by Buchanan State Forest, Gowans Gap’s 1,085 acres are nestled in the Allens Valley area of Fulton County. Its 42-acre lake supports fishing, boating and other water-based activities. Visitors also are drawn to its large campground, rustic cabins and network of hiking trails.

“I am very excited to begin my new assignment at Cowans Gap State Park and look forward to building a relationship with the staff and visitors who have been extremely loyal to the park over the years,” Donovan said. “It is also my intention to reach out into the surrounding communities and form partnerships with various groups so that people continue to utilize and conserve the rich resources offered at Cowans Gap.”

Donovan succeeds Steve Behe, who was named assistant regional parks manager for State Parks Region 3, based at Shawnee State Park, Bedford County.

Donovan began his Bureau of State Parks career in 2007, working as a laborer and park ranger before entering a park manager trainee program at Region 3. He served the past three years as manager at Colonel Denning.

Donovan, 27, is a native of Newville, Cumberland County. He holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park and tourism management from the Pennsylvania State University.

For more information on Cowans Gap and Pennsylvania’s other 119 state parks, visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us (select “Find a Park”).

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