RALEIGH -- Keith Martin, a veteran park ranger, has been named superintendent of Mayo River State Park in Rockingham County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Martin succeeds Fred Watkins who accepted another assignment in 2011.
A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education.
Martin has been a ranger at Pilot Mountain State Park since 1993. A native of Winston-Salem, he earned a bachelor?s degree in parks and recreation management from Western Carolina University in 1990. He previously worked as a law enforcement ranger for the National Park Service on the Blue Ridge Parkway and as an epidemiologist with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources before joining the state parks system. He holds certifications in environmental education and as a law enforcement instructor.
?Keith bring with him excellent experiences in all phases of state park management as well as a love and deep knowledge of central North Carolina?s resources and history,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. ?His talents will be invaluable as we continue to develop and expand one of our newest state parks at Mayo River.?
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