Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Keystone Trails Association Names Brook Lenker Executive Director

On October 25,
Keystone Trails Association announced David “Brook” Lenker will serve as the organization’s Executive Director. 

“I’m honored to be entrusted with the day-to-day leadership of KTA,” says Lenker. “Trails have more importance than ever before, in providing healthful outdoor recreation opportunities and cultivating a societal ethic of environmental stewardship.” 

Katie Barker, president of the KTA board of directors, adds, "Brook understands the challenges and opportunities associated with caring for Pennsylvania's environment, and we are confident that his experience and passion for the outdoors will be of great value to Pennsylvania's hikers and trails." 

When Brook assumes the role this month, he will become the key management leader for Pennsylvania’s statewide hiking and trails organization. 

Brook will also lead fundraising and advocacy programs, trail club support activities and community engagement initiatives. 

Brook joins the Keystone Trails Association with decades of experience in service to the environment in Pennsylvania. 

He most recently served as the Executive Director of FracTracker Alliance, having grown it from a novel website to an impactful organization with eight staff and an annual budget of nearly $1 million. 

Previously, Brook served as Manager of Education and Outreach for the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, as Director of Watershed Stewardship with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and as the Recreation Program Director with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation Department. 

He has experience with fundraising, grant writing, personnel management, budget management, and event planning. 

His education includes master’s and bachelor’s degrees in geography and environmental planning from Towson University. 

Founded in 1956, the Keystone Trails Association is a volunteer-directed federation of membership organizations and individuals dedicated to providing, preserving, protecting and promoting recreational hiking trails and hiking opportunities in Pennsylvania. 

KTA and its member clubs develop, build and maintain many of the state’s trails and trail support facilities. KTA’s Trail Care program organizes numerous weekend and week-long trail construction and maintenance trips each year. 

KTA members also work with lawmakers, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to represent and advocate the interests and concerns of the Pennsylvania hiking community. 

The Keystone Trails Association website is a source of trail maps, guides and information for all Pennsylvania hikers. 

For more information, contact Keystone Trails Association, 46 E. Main St., Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; 717-766-9690; ktaadmin@kta-hike.org.  

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[Posted: October 25, 2021]  PA Environment Digest

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