Park Ranger Paul Stevens Receives Regional Award
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111, ext. 148
Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that long-time Outer Banks Group employee Paul K. Stevens has received the 2009 NPS Southeast Region Harry Yount Park Ranger Award. The peer-nominated honor, named after the first known national park ranger, recognizes excellence in the field of “rangering.”
The award is sponsored by the National Park Service Division of Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services, in partnership with the National Park Foundation. The respective regional Harry Yount Award winners were announced last week. The seven recipients automatically become the finalists for the national award that will be presented in early May.
“Paul is an outstanding ranger and very deserving of this recognition. We are very proud of his many accomplishments and fortunate to have him as an employee,” said Superintendent Mike Murray.
Paul Stevens graduated in 1983 from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Parks & Conservation Management. Since 1989 he has worked as a law enforcement ranger at the Outer Banks Group, where he has held a variety of assignments including serving as the Group’s Law Enforcement Specialist in recent years. Since Chief Ranger Norah Martinez transferred to Wrangell-St. Elias National Park in Alaska earlier this year, Stevens has been serving as the Acting Chief Ranger, pending the position being filled.
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