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Dan Bortner new Indiana DNR head

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Gov. Eric Holcomb is announcing the appointment of Dan Bortner as the new director of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Bortner, who has served as the DNR’s director of Indiana State Parks since 2005, succeeds Cam Clark, who retired in July. Bortner’s first day in the office: Monday, Aug. 3.

“Dan’s longtime experience and passionate commitment to our state’s great outdoor assets will continue to serve Hoosiers well,” Holcomb said in a statement released after deadline on Wednesday. “I’m confident his leadership and customer-centric focus will take our treasured state parks and recreation areas to the next level so Hoosiers can visit and make incredible memories for generations long to come.

Bortner is currently the longest serving state parks director in the nation.

“As director of the state parks, Bortner took the division from preparing to close facilities to consistently operating in the black with 98 percent of guests saying they would recommend our parks to others,” the statement said. “Infrastructure updated under Bortner’s leadership has led to improved campgrounds that are typically full each weekend, and our state park inns have the highest occupancy rate of any state park inn system in the country.”

Bortner also increased public lands across the state park system, including the Trine State Recreation Area in Steuben County and the state’s only underwater nature preserve at Indiana Dunes State Park. In addition, he oversaw the purchase of the Fort Harrison State Park Inn in Indianapolis.

Bortner earned a degree in public affairs at Indiana University and serves as the president of the National Association of State Park Directors.


Posted 7/30/2020




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