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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Ellis is Resource Management Specialist for Western State Parks

RALEIGH -- Marshall Ellis has been named resource management specialist for the state parks system's western region, according to the NC Division of Parks and Recreation.

The division reorganized its resource management program, assigning biologists to three state regions. Previously, the program's two biologists had statewide duties and were based in Raleigh. Resource management specialists are responsible for inventory of parks' biological resources and compliance with environmental regulations relating to capital projects. And, they address resource management issues such as rare species protection, invasive and non-native species management and prescribed burn programs.

Ellis will be based in the division's western district office at Lake Norman State Park in Iredell County.

A veteran of the state parks system, Ellis has served as western district interpretive and education specialist since August 2003. He is a native of Greenville, NC and a graduate of R.J. Reynolds High School in Winston-Salem. Ellis earned a bachelor's degree in biology in 1980 from Western Carolina University and a master's degree in biology in 1993 from Idaho State University. He joined the division in 1992 as a resource management specialist with responsibilities across the state.

"Marshall is well regarded throughout the state parks system and, indeed, throughout the state for his broad knowledge of natural resources and his experience in dealing with issues facing plant and wildlife habitats," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. "We're pleased to be able to expand our staff of specialists as one of our founding principles is to give the highest degree of protection to natural resources."