News for Immediate Release

June 9, 2011

Ellen Ferretti Named DCNR Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry

Harrisburg – Ellen Ferretti will lead the state park and forest operations of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, acting DCNR Secretary Richard Allan announced today.

“Ellen has tremendous experience in the private and non-profit sectors,” Allan said. “In her most recent position as president of the northeast regional office of the Pennsylvania Environmental Council, she worked very closely with DCNR and its partners on landscape conservation efforts. Her wealth of knowledge will be a valuable asset to the department.”

As deputy secretary for Parks and Forestry, Ferretti will assist the secretary in managing and directing the operations of the bureaus of State Parks; Forestry; and Facility, Design and Construction.

Ferretti will also work to develop policy on a variety of issues, including Marcellus Shale oil and gas development and drilling; along with maintaining relationships with stakeholders; enhancing outdoor recreation activities; establishing or revitalizing best practices for environmental education; and ensuring the ongoing maintenance of the infrastructure in state forest and park lands.

Ferretti has also served as the director of Environmental Resources at Borton-Lawson Engineering; as a land protection specialist for The Nature Conservancy; and as a project manager at Westinghouse Environmental and Geotechnical Services, Inc.

Ferretti earned a B.S. in Environmental Science/Biology from Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre. She lives in Dallas, Luzerne County.

Her first day at DCNR will be June 13.

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Media contact: Christina Novak, 717-772-9101.