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National Park to welcome new superintendent to Upper Delaware

May 29, 2014

UPPER DELAWARE RIVER REGION — The National Park Service (NPS) has named Kris Heister as the new superintendent of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River to succeed acting superintendent Malcolm Wilbur and former superintendent Sean McGuinness who retired earlier this year. Heister is a 22-year veteran of the NPS. She will begin her new position in mid-July. Heister has been the chief of natural resources for the NPS in the Northeast Region.

“Her strong natural resource and interpretive background, experience building coalitions, and innovative leadership approach are particularly relevant for Upper Delaware,” said Northeast Regional Director Mike Caldwell.

"I am excited to work with the staff of Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River and the Upper Delaware Council. As a life-long resident of Pennsylvania, I have many fond memories of canoeing the Delaware River with my family and jumping off the (now gone) rope swing at the Narrowsburg Bridge,” said Heister. “Working with our partners in this unique park setting is the key to protecting one of our nation’s most pristine, undammed rivers and to maintaining the “outstandingly remarkable values” for which it was designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.”

Heister graduated in 1989 with a bachelor’s of science in biology from Salisbury State University and received her masters of science in wildlife and fisheries science in 1995 from The Pennsylvania State University.

Heister will begin her new position in mid-July.

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