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Michael F. Easley, Governor William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2008-10-30 Phone: (919) 715-8709

Lewis R. Ledford Elected to the NRPA Board of Trustees

EDITORS: (View / download Photo of Lewis Ledford by Jim Morton)

ASHBURN, Va., - October 27 ? The National Recreation and Park Association has announced the election of Lewis R. Ledford, director of the North Carolina state parks system, to the national association for a three-year term. The announcement was made during NRPA?s 43rd Annual Congress & Exposition in Baltimore, Md.

?Lewis is an asset to NRPA,? said Lois G. Finkelman, chair of the NRPA Board of Trustees. ?He has supported the park and recreation movement and NRPA?s mission on many levels throughout his career. His expertise and leadership skills will help NRPA achieve its organizational goals and strategic plan.

As director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, Ledford has spearheaded efforts to preserve and protect Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock and several other unique and outstanding natural resources in North Carolina. Ledford, who resides in Raleigh, also serves on the board of directors for both the National Association of State Park Directors and the National Association of State Outdoor Recreation Liaison Officers. He is active in the North Carolina Recreation and Parks Association. Ledford received the 2007 William Penn Mott Jr. Award for Excellence Award from the National Society for Park Resources, the 2005 Conservation Partner of the Year Award, and in the 1998 North Carolina Governor?s Award for Volunteerism.

The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of some 21,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources.

Headquartered in Ashburn, Va., NRPA works closely with local, state, and national recreation and park agencies, citizen groups and corporations to carry out its objectives. Priorities include advocating favorable legislation and public policy; continuing education for park and recreation professionals and citizens; providing professional certification, university accreditation, research and technical assistance; and increasing public awareness of the importance of parks and recreation. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.

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