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Hazleton native to manage park

February 19. 2014 11:33PM

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The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Hazleton native Rex Bradish manager of Promised Land State Park in Pike County.

Beginning his Bureau of State Parks career more than 12 years ago as a ranger, Bradish honed administrative and public relations skills in a variety of positions and locations, said DCNR Secretary Ellen Ferretti.

“Promised Land is among the more heavily visited parks in our state system and his qualifications can only enhance the visitor experience there,” Ferretti said.

Bradish will oversee Promised Land’s 2,970 acres and two large lakes, which draw more than 500,000 visitors annually. The tract is 10 miles north of Canadensis, in the heart of Delaware State Forest. The 430-acre Varden Conservation Area in Wayne County also is overseen by the park.

Bradish, 38, holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science from Penn State University, with a minor in recreation and park management. He replaces Alex Stout, who was named assistant regional manager of the bureau’s Region 4 Office in Bucks County.

Bradish began his career with the bureau in 2001 as a park ranger at Ricketts Glen State Park in Columbia, Luzerne and Sullivan counties and most recently was manager at Frances Slocum State Park in Kingston Township and Wyoming.

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