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Stanley Joins Fleming as Superintendent at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stanley Joins Fleming as Superintendent at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area

Raleigh, N.C. – Bill Stanley has been named a superintendent at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area in Vance and Warren counties, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. He joins Bryce Fleming, who has led the park for over 18 years. Prior to this promotion, Bill served as a park ranger at Kerr Lake for four years. 

Bill will manage park ranger staff at the recreation area in his new role. This is a particularly challenging role due to the scope of the seven access areas with nearly 600 campsites. Superintendents are chiefs of operations and administration with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and management, community outreach and environmental education.

A native of Coleridge, N.C., Bill grew up visiting Morrow Mountain State Park in Stanley County. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and joined state parks staff in 2012 as seasonal employee at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington. He went on to serve at Carvers Creek and Dismal Swamp before moving to Kerr Lake. As a ranger at there, Bill worked with the division’s natural resource management staff to develop a prescribed burn plan for all seven access areas at the park. The park’s prescribed fire plan launched in 2017 and continues to improve ecological diversity and reduce fuel for wildfires.

“Bill’s experience in parks across the Piedmont will be valuable as he takes on more responsibility at Kerr Lake,” said Dwayne Patterson, state parks director. “He has shown great initiative in leadership, natural resource management, and interpretation that will serve Kerr Lake very well.”

Kerr Lake State Recreation Area is a collective of seven forested recreation access areas around the shoreline of a 50,000-acre reservoir that reaches across the N.C. border into Virginia. Nearly six hundred campsites among five of the access areas offer a range of outdoor experience from RV hookups to group camps. Several swim beaches, picnic areas, two private marinas and extensive boat ramp facilities offer visitors lots of recreational options. The Division of Parks and Recreation began managing Kerr Lake’s seven access areas in 1975. 

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