The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has named Benjamin Stone manager of Ricketts Glen State Park, a 13,050-acre area in Luzerne, Sullivan and Columbia counties that is home to a spectacular series of waterfalls recognized as a national landmark.
"Ben's professionalism and enthusiasm can only enhance the public's experience at Ricketts Glen, which is among our more popular state parks," DCNR Acting Secretary Ellen Ferretti said. "With administrative and public relations skills honed in assignments throughout central Pennsylvania, he is a natural fit for the sixth largest park in the state."
Ricketts Glen parklands envelop Glens Natural Area, a National Natural Landmark recognized for wild, free-flowing waterfalls cascading through rock-strewn clefts and surrounded by old-growth timber.
The Falls Trail enables park visitors to glimpse the 22 named waterfalls, the highest being the 94-foot Ganoga Falls.
The park also includes the 245-acre Lake Jean, popular with anglers seeking trout and warmwater species.
"Working at Ricketts Glen State Park means the world to me and it's a privilege to manage such a spectacular resource," Stone said. "With its spectacular waterfalls, seemingly endless wilderness and the Glens Natural Area, what person who loves the outdoors wouldn't be in heaven on earth working here?"
Stone began his career with the Bureau of State Parks in 2006 as a park manager trainee with the bureau's Region 1 office in Emporium, Cameron County.
He served as manager of nearby Sizerville State Park and later was transferred to the assistant manager's post at Hills Creek State Park Complex, based near Wellsboro, Tioga County, and comprised of eight state parks in Tioga and Potter counties.
Stone most recently was employed as manager of Caledonia and Mont Alto state parks in Franklin County.
Married and the father of two young sons, Stone, 34, is a native of Williamsport and holds a degree in recreation management from Lock Haven University. He succeeds Terry Daltroff, who recently retired.