News for Immediate Release

April 29, 2011

DCNR Appoints New Manager at Caledonia State Park

Harrisburg – Mitchell Stickle has been named manager of Caledonia State Park located in Adams and Franklin counties, the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said today. He is former assistant manager of the French Creek State Park Complex in Berks County.

“Mitch brings excellent administrative and public relations skills to his Caledonia post,” said Bureau of State Parks Director John Norbeck. “Mitch is a veteran of 23 years with the bureau, and has done it all -- serving as a ranger and overseeing water plant and maintenance operations, including recent service at two of our more popular state parks not far from Philadelphia.”

The 1,125-acre Caledonia State Park is situated along U.S. Route 30, between Chambersburg and Gettysburg. Bisected by the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, which traverses South Mountain and stretches from Georgia to Maine, the park is enveloped by the more than 84,600 acres of Michaux State Forest.

Caledonia is a favorite with both overnight campers and day-use visitors seeking out its swimming pool, 18-hole golf course, picnic tables and pavilions, and 10 miles of hiking trails. The state park also offers anglers top-quality trout fishing on Rocky Creek, the East Branch of the Conococheague and Carbaugh Run.

“I am honored to be selected for this position and excited to work with the Caledonia staff to improve and protect this wonderful resource,” said Stickle.

Stickle succeeds R. Bruce McFate, who is retiring.

The new Caledonia State Park manager began his career with the Bureau of State Parks in 1988 at Gifford Pinchot State Park, York County, working as a park ranger, water plant operator and maintenance supervisor. In 2006 he assumed assistant manager duties at the French Creek State Park Complex.

A native of Duke Center, McKean County, Stickle, 45, received an associate’s degree in wildlife technology from the Pennsylvania State University.

For more information on Caledonia and Pennsylvania’s other 116 state parks visit (select State Parks).

Media contact: Terry Brady, 717-772-9101.