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Katie Hall
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Monday, February 26, 2018

Garner is New Superintendent at Lumber River State Park


RALEIGH, N.C. – Lane Garner, a veteran park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Lumber River State Park in Robeson County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He succeeds Neill Lee, who recently retired after 23 years of service at the 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.

A native of Dublin, N.C., Garner graduated in 2000 from UNC-Pembroke with a bachelor's degree in recreation management. He worked with area farmers, local businesses, and manufacturing contractors in the area before joining the division in 2003 as a park ranger at Jones Lake State Park. He transferred to Singletary Lake State Park in 2010 and returned to Jones Lake State Park in 2013 as an advanced park ranger.

Garner has an advanced law enforcement certification and has served as a burn boss for prescribed fire projects for the division. He is a member of the division’s honor guard, and recently joined its critical incident stress management peer team.

“Lane has extensive experience—not only in park operations, but natural resource management, which is a core component of our mission,” said Mike Murphy, state parks director. “He will be a valuable leader at Lumber River State Park, which is an important part of the area’s growing local tourism community.”

Lumber River State Park was established in 1989, and now encompasses 12,039 acres and recorded 72,731 visitors in 2017.

About North Carolina State Parks

North Carolina State Parks manages more than 232,000 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.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit



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