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Shimel is New Superintendent at Medoc Mountain State Park

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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Monday, March 12, 2007

Shimel is New Superintendent at Medoc Mountain State Park

RALEIGH -- Veteran ranger Joe Shimel has been promoted to superintendent of Medoc Mountain State Park in Halifax County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Shimel succeeds Lyndon Sutton, who was named superintendent of Cliffs of the Neuse State Park.

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.

Shimel has been a ranger at Carolina Beach State Park since June 2003. A native of Wilson County and a graduate of Beddingfield High School, he earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism management at N.C. State University in 2000. Shimel worked as a seasonal employee at Falls Lake State Recreation Area and joined the state parks system fulltime at Falls Lake in 2000.

At Carolina Beach, Shimel was the lead ranger for developing interpretive and educational programs and for natural resource management. He is a certified environmental educator and has had specialized training in prescribed burning and law enforcement.

"Joe has developed a broad range of skills in the state parks system, particularly in environmental education and natural resource management, and he will be a valuable asset to Medoc Mountain State Park," said Lewis Ledford, director of the division, in announcing the promotion. "His skills and experience will be important as the park continues to grow in popularity."

Medoc Mountain State Park was established in 1975 and now encompasses 2,385 acres. The park recorded 55,185 visits in 2006.