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Cook is New Superintendent at Hanging Rock State Park

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

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, December 29, 2008
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Cook is New Superintendent at Hanging Rock State Park

RALEIGH -- Dave Cook, the longtime superintendent at Eno River State Park, has been named superintendent of Hanging Rock State Park in Stokes County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Cook succeeds Erik Nygard, who was named north district superintendent earlier this year.

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 Chapel Hill, Cook graduated from North Carolina State University in 1982 with a bachelor's degree in recreation resources administration. He was a district executive with Boy Scouts of America for three years before joining the state parks system in 1986 as a park ranger at Falls Lake State Recreation Area.

Cook served as a ranger at Morrow Mountain State Park before being named superintendent at Eno River in 1993. He is a certified environmental educator, holds advanced law enforcement certification and is an instructor for the division in search and rescue techniques and law enforcement physical fitness.

'During Dave's tenure, Eno River State Park grew significantly and aggressively developed its education and natural resource programs,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the state parks system. 'He can contribute strong leadership skills and broad experience at Hanging Rock, one of our oldest and most popular state parks.'

Hanging Rock State Park was established in 1936 and now encompasses 7,044 acres. It recorded 474,455 visits in 2007.