The chief of Pennsylvania's forests and parks has resigned.

In a surprise move, the Corbett Administration announced the departure of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard Allan Monday.

The Governor's office sent out a three-sentence press release with the headline: "Governor asks for and receives the resignation of DCNR Secretary."


The 59-year-old Cumberland County resident was appointed by Corbett in March 2011 to run the agency that oversees the states parks and forests.  

Allan had owned a scrap metal recycling business and ran an industry trade group.

Under his leadership, DCNR has come under scrutiny recently regarding more gas drilling in the Loyalsock State Forest.

Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley declined to discuss the situation, calling it "a personnel matter." Asked whether it involved illegal activity, Harley said it did not.

Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, Ellen Ferretti, will serve as Acting Secretary.