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UDC Will Host PA Director of Outdoor Recreation at March 2 Public Meeting

NARROWSBURG — The Upper Delaware Council (UDC) will host a presentation titled “The Tree of Outdoor Recreation” by Nathan Reigner, Pennsylvania’s Director of Outdoor Recreation, on Thursday, March 2, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Upper Delaware Council office, 211 Bridge St., Narrowsburg, NY with a Zoom option.

Pennsylvania established the Director of Outdoor Recreation position in 2022 within the office of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary to expand and ensure the economic and many other benefits of outdoor recreation for all Pennsylvanians as individuals, communities, and a commonwealth.

Nathan Reigner is a PhD social scientist with extensive experience analyzing, planning for, managing, and building collaboration to support outdoor recreation at every level from local to international.

Throughout his career, he has served as a policy analyst, consultant, business owners, university professor, conservation commissioner, and trail club leader, all with a focus on helping communities, parks, trails, and tourism destinations deliver outstanding experiences while protecting their essential character.

Reigner has worked in and with more than 100 parks, forests, trails, historic sites, and heritage areas in more than half the states and territories within the union and overseas in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

A native of Pennsylvania, Reigner has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Gettysburg College, a Master of Science in Forestry from Virginia Tech, and a Doctorate in Natural Resource Management from the University of Vermont.

Reigner serves as a liaison among industry, non-governmental organizations, user, and government partners to communicate the significance of outdoor recreation, address needs for systematic support and investment in outdoor recreation, and welcome all residents of and visitors to Pennsylvania to enjoy and benefit from the commonwealth’s diverse and exceptional outdoor experiences.

The UDC monthly meeting to follow will include status reports from the Delaware River Basin Commission, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, National Park Service, and the UDC Executive Director; discussion of old and new business; and public comment.

All UDC meetings are open to the public. For further information on how to participate via a Zoom option, call (845) 252-3022 or email

Please check or UDC social media pages for any meeting updates.


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