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Greenwood is New Superintendent at Dismal Swamp State Natural Area

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

Release Note: 
Immediate
Contact: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Sunday, April 1, 2007
Phone: 
919-218-4622

Greenwood is New Superintendent at Dismal Swamp State Natural Area

RALEIGH -- Joy Greenwood has been promoted to superintendent of Dismal Swamp State Natural Area in Camden County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Greenwood succeeds Henry Stokes, who retired in February.

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.

Greenwood is native of Vernon, NJ and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from East Carolina University in 1993. After working as a seasonal employee with the N.C. Department of Agriculture, she joined the state parks system in 1998 as a ranger at Goose Creek State Park. From 2001-05, she was a ranger at Pettigrew State Park. She has been a ranger at Dismal Swamp State Natural Area since May 2005.

Greenwood is a certified environmental educator and has advanced training in law enforcement and prescribed burning. She is a physical fitness and CPR instructor for the parks system.

"In just a few months, Dismal Swamp State Natural Area will open to the public with a new visitor center and other amenities, and we expect the park to develop quickly as a center of natural and cultural resource education," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division, in announcing the promotion. "Joy's training, her experience at the park and her people skills will be invaluable, and I'm confident she will help Dismal Swamp realize its potential."

The state parks system acquired the 14,344-acre natural area in 1974.