Devin Buzard, former manager of the Gifford Pinchot State Park Complex in York and Lancaster counties, is the new manager of the Delaware Canal State Park Complex in Bucks and Northampton counties.
Buzard will head operations for the 60-mile-long historic canal and tow path, and the original canal locks and bridges found along the Delaware River.
Among the state’s more diverse parks, Delaware Canal contains a 90-acre pond, many miles of river shoreline and 11 river islands. Also included in this state park complex is Ralph Stover State Park, along the Tohickon Creek in Bucks County.
Buzard will oversee park grounds that include winding river banks and fertile farm fields; historic towns; adventurous recreation areas; and a scenic horseshoe bend along the Tohickon Creek.
He began his bureau career working as field training coordinator with the Park Operations and Maintenance Division in Harrisburg. In 2013, Buzard was appointed manager of Beltzville State Park in Carbon County, overseeing a 2,972-acre park developed around Beltzville Dam, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control project.
Having attained the rank of corporal, Buzard served as U.S. Marine Corps military policeman from 2002 to 2006, most recently serving in San Diego, Calif. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in recreation, park, and tourism management.
A native of Clarion, Clarion County, Buzard and his wife are the parents of two children, ages 6 and 9.
Buzard, 35, replaces George Calaba, who left the bureau earlier this year to take a position in the educational sector.