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PA Council welcomes Rachel Kester as our new Program Director

Oct 22, 2019
Rachel Kester has joined PA Council on October 15th as the new Program Director for the Coldwater Heritage Partnership. Prior to coming to PATU, Rachel was project coordinator for

Rachel Kester has joined PA Council on October 15th as the new Program Director for the Coldwater Heritage Partnership. Prior to coming to PATU, Rachel was project coordinator for National TU’s PA Coldwater Habitat Program (formerly the Eastern Abandoned Mine Program) for nearly eleven years. Her focus was primarily on restoration of abandoned mine drainage-impacted streams in the West Branch Susquehanna River basin, but she also worked on other projects including capacity building for watershed organizations, PFBC’s Unassessed Waters Initiative, culvert assessments, and habitat improvement projects.

Rachel resides in rural Clearfield County with her husband and son, where the family enjoys spending time together outdoors…whether it is hiking, fishing, gardening, or observing nature. She also enjoys reading, knitting, and crocheting.

Rachel is looking forward to continuing her work to protect and conserve our coldwater streams through the Coldwater Heritage Partnership, as well as engaging our youth through the Trout in the Classroom program.  

As many of you know, the Keystone Coldwater Conference is coming up on February 28-29, 2020 at the Ramada Inn Conference Center in State College.  Rachel hopes to see a great turnout of PATU members at this event. If you have any comments, questions, or ideas for the conference, please feel free to reach out to her, as planning is currently in full swing.

Rachel’s office is located at the PFBC’s Central Regional Office in Bellefonte, so if you’re in the area, please stop by and say hi to her! In the meantime, if she can be of any help to you or your chapter, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her at c-rkester@pa.gov or (814) 359-5233.