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Pat McCrory, Governor John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary
N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources
Release: Immediate Contact: Charlie Peek
Date: 2014-02-24 Phone: (919) 218-4622

Hartness is new superintendent at Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve

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RALEIGH -- Billy Hartness, a veteran state park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Scott Hartley, who retired in 2013.

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.

Hartness is a native of Minor Hill, Tenn. and a 2004 graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin with a bachelor’s degree in natural resource management, and he worked at Tennessee’s Big Hill Pond State Park while in college. He joined the North Carolina state parks system in 2005 as a ranger at Weymouth Woods. In 2009, he joined the ranger staff at William B. Umstead State Park. He holds certifications in environmental education, advanced law enforcement and prescribed burning.

“Billy’s broad experience will be invaluable at Weymouth Woods, which though technically is a state natural area, operates much like our state parks and has a rich history of environmental education and the protection of longleaf pine forests,” said Carol Tingley, acting state parks director. “He is well equipped to lead the experienced staff there and maintain its close connection with the community.”

Weymouth Woods was established as North Carolina’s first state natural area in 1963 and currently encompasses 900 acres. It recorded 57,989 visitors in 2013.

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