NPS Honors Outer Banks Group Volunteers
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111
During National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, the National Park Service Outer Banks Group celebrates the volunteers that work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.This past year, these volunteers donated a total of 18,140 hours!
"I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of our volunteers for the incredible service they provided," stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble."I praise every single job performed.Our volunteers make a tremendous difference in the services provided to our visitors and in the protection of our cultural and natural treasures."
Last year, the 117 Outer Banks Group volunteers donated over 9,992 hours to provide interpretive programs and staff visitor center information desks; 4,245 hours to host park campgrounds; 2,073 hours to strengthen resource programs; 1,028hours to provide care to the Ocracoke pony herd; and 802 hours to improve park grounds and facilities.The total volunteer hours are an equivalent of more than eight year-round full time employees.
Several local volunteers received special recognition including: Joe Hardman, 7000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM); Fred Hattman, 4000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM); Ed Johnson, 3,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Cape Hatteras NS); and Dennis Pohl, 3,000 Lifetime Hours Award (Wright Brothers NMEM).
Youth volunteers Cara Strachan, Brittany Waterfield, and Lindsay Young received the Presidential Volunteer Service Bronze Award for their work at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
Joe Hardman is recognized as the Outer Banks Group volunteer having the most accumulated hours with 7,055 lifetime hours at Wright Brothers National Memorial.
Did You Know?
The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.