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Adrienne Wallace is Superintendent of Mayo River State Park

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Michael F. Easley, Governor
William G. Ross, Jr., Secretary

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Adrienne Wallace is Superintendent of Mayo River State Park

RALEIGH --Adrienne Wallace, a senior ranger at Eno River State Park, has been promoted to superintendent of the new Mayo River State Park now under development in Rockingham County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.

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.

"From the start, we've had strong support for the development of Mayo River State Park from the community," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "Adrienne's experience at Eno River, a park that is similar in style to Mayo River, along with her exceptional people skills, will allow us to further develop this close relationship with the community and create a great state park."

Authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 2003, Mayo River State Park is now at about 1,700 acres and additional land is being considered for acquisition. The Parks and Recreation Trust Fund has set aside $1.6 million for design and development of infrastructure and interim facilities at the site of the Old Mayo Park just north of Mayodan. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

A native of Erin, TN, Wallace earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from North Carolina State University in 1998. While in college, she was a seasonal employee at Morrow Mountain State Park and a naturalist at Eno River State Park and at Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in Kentucky. She joined the permanent staff at Eno River as a ranger in September 1998. She is a certified environmental educator and a law enforcement instructor for the state parks system

As the first park superintendent at Mayo River, Wallace will be involved in hiring initial park staff, forming a citizens park advisory committee and developing management plans. She will establish a temporary park office in Madison.

"I'm excited to begin this new phase of my career at a park born as part of the New Parks for a New Century initiative," Wallace said. "I look forward to seeing Mayo River State Park play a role in fulfilling the mission of this division, and I'm proud to be a part of this experience."