RALEIGH -- Toby Hall, a veteran park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Chris Helms, who accepted the position of superintendent at Carolina Beach State Park.
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.
Hall has served 10 years as a ranger at Lake Waccamaw. A native of Ashland, Maine, he graduated from the University of Maine in 1998 with a bachelor?s degree in parks and recreation management. He worked as a seasonal law enforcement ranger at Acadia and Grand Canyon national parks. He joined the staff at Lake Waccamaw in 1999, leaving from 2004-07 to serve as a wildlife enforcement officer in Robeson County. He holds certifications in environmental education and advanced law enforcement.
?Toby brings a wealth of experience to the supervision of Lake Waccamaw State Park. He knows the region and its natural resources quite well and the community knows him,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. ?His commitment and leadership skills contributed to Lake Waccamaw being named Park of the Year in 2011.?
Established in 1976, Lake Waccamaw State Park encompasses 2,159 acres and reported visitation of 86,068 in 2011.
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