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DCNR Deputy Secretary Dunn to Emcee Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet

Written by Jim Foster, Community blogger | May 13, 2013 1:56 PM

Deputy Secretary for Conservation and Technical Services for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Cindy Adams Dunn will emcee the third annual Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet on June 7 at 6 p.m. at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

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Photo by PA DCNR

Cindy Adams Dunn

A noted conservation champion, Dunn was named deputy secretary for conservation and technical services in 2008. In this capacity, she leads DCNR’s work in landscape conservation and administers the Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and the Bureau of Topographic and Geologic Survey. Prior to becoming deputy secretary, Dunn served as the director of DCNR's Bureau of Recreation and Conservation.

Dunn also had stints as director of education, communications and partnerships and director of community relations at DCNR and with the Department of Environmental Resources. Prior to that, Dunn served in executive positions with Audubon Pennsylvania and the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay.

Dunn has won numerous awards, including the Karl Mason Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Professionals, the Francis E. Cindy Dunn Flanigan Environmental Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Conservationist of the Year awards from the Pennsylvania Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs and Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation.

Honorees in the 2013 Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame class are Ruth Blackburn of Bethesda, Maryland, David Field of Hampden, Maine, David Sherman of Washington, D. C., David Startzell of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, and Eddie Stone from Gainesville, Georgia

Musical entertainment for the banquet will be provided by Randy “Windtalker” Motz, a 2006 A.T. thru-hiker. Windtalker will perform his unique contemporary style of Native American flute music described as “Native SoundScapes.” The hauntingly beautiful sound of Native American flute, blended with lush orchestration and Native American percussion, creates a relaxing and entertaining ambiance perfectly suited for the banquet. Throughout “Windtalker’s” performance, stunning photos of the Appalachian Trail will be shown on a large screen, taking the audience on a peaceful and mesmerizing journey from Georgia to Maine.

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Photo by Georgia Harris

Randy "Windtalker" Motz

Jim Foster, chair of the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame selection committee, said a 6 p.m. reception will precede the dinner, which begins at 7 p.m. The cost of the reception and dinner is $30 for museum members and $40 for others.

Complete information on the Hall of Fame Banquet is available at http://atmbanquet2013.eventbrite.com/ Tickets may be purchased either at that website, or directly from the Appalachian Trail Museum by sending a check to:
Appalachian Trail Museum
1120 Pine Grove Road
Gardners, PA 17324

Questions about the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet may be sent to atmbanquet@gmail.com.

Allenberry has reserved a block of rooms for banquet attendees. For more information on Allenberry and to reserve a room, call 1-800-430-5468 or (717) 258-3211, or go to http://www.allenberry.com/

Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame inductees are honored in the Appalachian Trail Museum, which has had approximately 20,000 visitors from throughout the United States and 18 other countries since it opened in Pine Grove Furnace State Park in June 2010. Located at the midway point of the 2,184-mile-long Appalachian Trail, the museum is across from the Pine Grove General Store on Pennsylvania Route 233.

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