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Windsor is New Superintendent at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

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

Release Note: 
Charlie Peek
Release Date: 
Thursday, September 27, 2007

Windsor is New Superintendent at Fort Fisher State Recreation Area

RALEIGH -- Matt Windsor, a veteran ranger at Jockey's Ridge State Park, has been named superintendent of Fort Fisher State Recreation Area in New Hanover County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. Windsor succeeds Sean McElhone, who was named superintendent at Lake James State Park 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.

Windsor graduated from North Forsyth High School and earned a bachelor's degree in parks, recreation and tourism management from North Carolina State University in 1997. He joined the state parks system as a ranger at Hanging Rock State Park in 1998. He has also served at Fort Macon State Park and worked as a science teacher in Forsyth County.

At various parks, Windsor has directed natural resource management programs as well as environmental education efforts. He is a certified environmental educator and an open water lifeguard.

'Fort Fisher is an extremely busy park and one where balancing natural resource protection and recreation opportunities is an overriding challenge,' said Lewis Ledford, director of the division. 'Matt is an excellent choice as superintendent of the recreation area, having a well-rounded background in stewardship and prior experience at two other coastal parks.'

Fort Fisher State Recreation Area and the adjacent Baldhead Island State Natural Area encompass 1.547 acres, including a seven-mile stretch of ocean shoreline. The park recorded 623,849 visits in 2006.