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Falls Lake State Recreation Area Welcomes New Superintendent

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Phone: 
919-707-9350

Falls Lake State Recreation Area Welcomes New Superintendent

Raleigh -- David Mumford, a 15-year employee of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation, has been promoted to superintendent at Falls Lake State Recreation Area. Mumford joins Scott Kershner, who also serves as a superintendent at Falls Lake, and replaces Eric Dousharm, who recently took an assignment at Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve.   

A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area and has wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection, community outreach and environmental education. State Recreation Areas have two superintendents each due to the large numbers of visitors regularly served by the park.

A native of Raleigh, N.C., Mumford graduated from North Carolina State University in 2002 with a bachelor of science degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management. Prior to becoming superintendent, he worked seasonally with Wake County Parks, Recreation, and Open Space and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation before joining the state agency full-time in 2003 as a park ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

Mumford’s EMT training and intricate knowledge of Falls Lake operations are expected to benefit the park and its visitors as he serves in his new role. Mumford also brings specialized experience in environmental education and wildland firefighting.

“David’s extensive and varied experience in parks and recreation management paired with his safety and education experience will be instrumental in his new role as superintendent,” said Mike Murphy, director of the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. “The high visitation, diverse recreational opportunities and natural resource protection challenges at Falls Lake will make David’s skills quite valuable as superintendent in the coming years.”

Falls Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven access areas scattered around the shoreline of an undeveloped, 12,000-acre reservoir in the Triangle. It hosts more than 300 campsites, five swim beaches, boating ramps and mountain biking trails.

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 231,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 18 million visitors annually.

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