Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
|Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-2013 FY Budget:||$52,723,000|
|Authority:||Pennsylvania Constitution, Article IV, Section 1|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||June 13, 2013|
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- 1 Current officeholder
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Appointments
- 5 Vacancies
- 6 Duties
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 Historical officeholders
- 11 Recent news
- 12 Contact information
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
The current acting officeholder is Ellen Ferretti. She assumed the position when Richard Allan resigned on June 13, 2013. Ferretti was serving as was serving as deputy secretary for parks and forestry at the time. Gov. Tom Corbett (R), who appointed Allan in 2011, asked for his resignation due to Allan's use of a racial epithet in an email.
The email exchange, which took place May 3, 2013, was between Allan and his wife Patricia, who was then working at the Department of Environmental Protection. His wife wrote in an email that her co-worker, who is black, was showing her "true colors." Allan answered with a single word, "COLORS," in all caps with exclamation points. After finding out about the exchange, the co-worker filed a complaint.
All officers, whose selection is not provided for in this Constitution, shall be elected or appointed as may be directed by law.
There are no specific qualifications for the Pennsylvania Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources is appointed. The Governor nominates a candidate to the state senate, and the senate confirms the nominee by a two-thirds majority before the candidate takes the oath of office.
Article IV, Section 8 of the Pennsylvania Constitution grants the governor the power to appoint officers to fill vacancies. In the event of a vacancy in the office, the governor nominates a successor. This nomination must be made to the commonwealth senate within 90 days of the vacancy. The senate must then take action (confirming or not confirming the nomination) within 25 legislative days.
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The secretary is responsible for the oversight of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. The primary duties of the department are:
- maintaining and preserving Pennsylvania's 117 state parks
- managing 2.1 million acres of state forest land
- providing information on Pennsylvania's ecological and geological resources
- establishing community conservation partnerships to benefit rivers, trailways, greenways, local parks, regional parks, and open spaces
DCNR houses eight bureaus and a separate office that manages the Wild Resource Conservation Program.
Pennsylvania boasts 117 state parks that cover approximately 295,000 acres. The State Parks Bureau manages the operation of the parks, providing recreational and educational opportunities for the more than 36 million annual park visitors.
The Forestry Bureau manages the 2.1 million acres of "Penn's Woods," the namesake of the commonwealth. The bureau works to provide recreational and education programming, forest fire and pest prevention, and protect the thousands of plant and animal species that make a home in the state forests.
Topographic & Geologic Survey
The Topographic & Geologic Survey Bureau maps and provides information about geographic and topographic features throughout the commonwealth. The staff also disseminate information and date pertaining to water, gas and oil wells, and other underground resources.
Recreation & Conservation
Through the Recreation & Conservation Bureau, the department awards monetary grants to local communities for programs that work to conserve the commonwealth's natural and cultural resources. The bureau also manages 12 heritage sites.
Facility Design & Construction
The Facility Design & Construction Bureau works to maintain the infrastructure of state parks and forests. Staff engineers design and manage projects to build and improve bridges, water and sewage systems, swimming pools, beach areas, and dams.
The Office of Conservation Science manages several collaborative programs to support the mission of the department, identify emerging environmental issues, and educate Pennsylvania residents about sustainable practices.
The Human Resources Bureau provides personnel management for the department.
The Administrative Services Bureau provides administrative support to the department.
- See also: Pennsylvania state budget and finances
The budget for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources in Fiscal Year 2012-2013 was $52,723,000.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The secretary's salary is set by statute and subject to cost-of-living adjustments, also known as COLAs, pursuant to Section 3(e) of the Public Official Compensation Law (amended in 1995). This law mandates that Pennsylvania executives' salaries "shall be increased by applying the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland area for the most recent 12-month period for which figures have been officially reported by the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) immediately prior to the date adjustment is due to take effect."
Under this law, the appropriate salaries were last increased by 1.6 percent, effective January 1, 2015.
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Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8767
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767
Email links for specific questions
Contact information for the Bureaus of the Department
- ConserveLand, "Senate Confirms Richard Allan As DCNR Secretary," June 2011
- Philly.com, "Corbett cabinet member fired over email containing racial epithet," June 13, 2013
- NBC Philadelphia, "Email at Center of Cabinet Secretary's Resignation Released," June 14, 2013
- Pennsylvania State Legislature, "Executive branch," June 1, 2011
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, "DCNR at a glance," accessed June 14, 2011
- Pennsylvania Budget Office, "2012-13 Enacted Budget - Act 9A," accessed April 10, 2013
- Pennsylvania Legislature, "Senate Bill: Act 51 of 1995," accessed February 20, 2015
- The Pennsylvania Bulletin, "NOTICES: Statutory Cost of Living Increases for Salaries of State Officials and the Heads of Departments, Boards and Commissions," December 27, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," accessed December 8, 2014
- Council of State Governments, "SELECTED STATE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICIALS: ANNUAL SALARIES," January 28, 2014
- The Council of State Governments Book of the States, Chapter 4, Table 4.11," accessed June14, 2011
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