Bureau reorganization focuses on public needs, program areas
As DCNR’s Bureau of Recreation and Conservation girds for a new round of annual grant applications, it’s doing so with a new lineup of staffing positions and duties that best meets the ever-changing needs of the public, its director says.
“The new organization will provide our grantees and the public with improved customer service,” said Bureau of Recreation and Conservation Director Lauren S. Imgrund. “It modernizes our structure and places staff resources in the program areas most important to the public: community parks, trails, land conservation and partnerships.
“The bureau restructuring also provides improved points of contact and service for small communities, trail organizations and rivers. In addition, it directs resources to help communities with the process required for park and protected land conversions, and provides additional focus to DCNR’s federal funding, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund and Federal Recreational Trails Program.”
Imgrund said the bureau embarked on its recent reorganization with an eye to streamlining data reporting; emphasizing staff-level program management and policy development; improving career mobility within the bureau; and focusing on staff core-program responsibilities.
“The newly established series of responsibilities and titles more accurately affect the bureau’s work,” Imgrund said.
“With any organization, it is important to periodically re-evaluate staff responsibilities and program areas,” the director said. “This assures that the organization is focusing its limited resources on the current public needs and program areas, and the public should appreciate desired effects, including staffing numbers and specialties.”
The director said the new organization focuses the bureau’s Central Office staff in the following program areas:
•Community Parks and Recreation Section, with six staff members, will help communities plan and develop parks and natural areas;
•Land Conservation and Stewardship Section, with three staff members, helps communities and land trusts conserve land, and assures projects DCNR invests in are not converted to non-recreation uses;
•Trails, Greenways, and Statewide Planning, with three staff members, helps communities acquire, plan and develop trails and greenways and leads statewide planning efforts;
•Landscape Partnerships and Educational Services, with four staff members, leads landscape partnerships, rivers and educational programs, and manages the Heritage Areas Program.
Imgrund noted as part of each of the above sections, one section chief and one program specialist have been assigned. They are: Community Parks and Recreation Section Chief Cindy Dunlap and Small Communities Program Specialist Beth Helterbran; Land Conservation and Stewardship Section Chief Ashley Rebert and Land Stewardship and Conversion Program Specialist Alex Tatanish; Trails, Greenways, and Statewide Planning Section Chief Alex Macdonald and Trails and Greenways Program Specialist Mark Hansford; and Landscape Partnerships and Educational Services Section Chief Mike Piaskowski and Rivers Conservation and Scenic Rivers Program Specialist Kelly Rossiter.