“AMERICA’S RANGER OF THE YEAR” ANNOUNCED FROM RESERVEAMERICA’S POLL OF NATION’S CAMPING ENTHUSIASTS
Ballston Spa, NY – April 25th, 2006 – ReserveAmerica, the leader in recreation and campground reservation services, today announced “America’s Ranger of the Year”, as well as 5 additional silver medal winners from across the country. The annual Awards are bestowed to the country’s top rangers who dedicate their careers to serving park visitors while preserving the country’s public lands for future generations. Following the tally of votes submitted to ReserveAmerica by camping enthusiasts from all across the country, Reserve America presented its Gold Medal Ranger of the Year award to Les Perry of Shawme-Crowell State Forest in Sandwich, MA on Cape Cod. Silver Medal Ranger of the Year awards were presented to Bobby Turner of Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC; Richard Enoch of MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino, CA; Mona McCauley of Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, FL; Brenda Stringer of Lake Harris State Park in Newcomb, NY and David Landis of Canal Campground in Grand Rivers, KY.
“ReserveAmerica is proud to honor these six outstanding Rangers through our ‘America’s Ranger of the Year’ award,” said Brendan Ross, President of ReserveAmerica. “The park professionals that manage America’s campgrounds help ensure that our millions of customers enjoy safe, fun and memorable camping trips. The memories we all cherish about family camping outings, such as staring up at the stars, roasting marshmallows over the campfire and listening to the wildlife at night, were all made possible under the supervision and management of the American park ranger.”
Following is information about the six award recipients. For additional information and to read heartwarming testimonials about their dedication and professionalism, visit www.ReserveAmerica.com
Gold Medal Ranger of the Year, Les Perry, Park Ranger at the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Shawme-Crowell State Forest on Cape Cod, is celebrating his 40th year of service with the State Parks system this year. As a graduate of Stockbridge School of Agriculture and University of Massachusetts Amherst, Mr. Perry holds two degrees in Park Management. Mr. Perry developed the Friends of Shawme-Crowell State Forest program that has grown consistently in membership and popularity, last year generating $9,000 to support construction of the Park’s new pavilion.
Bobby Turner, Superintendent at Myrtle Beach State Park in Myrtle Beach, SC began his career with the State Park Service in March 1957, managed under the Forestry Commission. He advanced to a Ranger position at Lake Greenwood State Park, and was promoted within the park's staff to a Ranger II position in 1969. He accepted the Assistant Superintendent's position at Myrtle Beach State Park in 1970, and a year later was promoted to Superintendent. Mr. Turner has recently retired this year after an illustrious 48-year career.
Richard Enoch, Park Ranger for MacKerricher State Park in Mendocino, CA, joined the California Department of Parks and Recreation in 1970. He relocated to his current Mendocino district in 1983. As an integral force in Park Aid Visitor Services. Mr. Enoch works primarily in the park’s entrance station and continually ensures the well-being of his campers and their vacations.
Mona McCauley, Park Ranger for Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key, FL has served with the Florida Park Service for more than 20 years. Ms. McCauley has received countless awards throughout her tenure, including the Public Service Award and the Team Performance Award, and she is a three-time winner of the District Employee of the Month. Ms. McCauley is recognized for continually performing above and beyond the requirements of her position and she epitomizes the Florida Park Service’s high standards of excellence.
Brenda Stringer, Park Ranger for Lake Harris State Park in Newcomb, NY joined the New York State Parks in 1984. She was promoted to the facility supervisor position in 1993 where her care, demeanor, and professionalism has enticed new generations of campers to not only share the family camping experience, but has increased new business as those families bring along their friends and "additional" families of campers well served.
David Landis, Park Ranger for Canal Campground in Grand Rivers, KY, began his career with the US Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District while he was a college student in 1994 at Dale Hollow Lake in Celina, TN. Mr. Landis began full time Park Ranger trainee status in 1995 and secured the position of Environmental Protection Specialist at Lake Barkley, Grand Rivers, KY in 2002. Mr. Landis currently serves as the Park’s Project Campground and Recreation Administrator as well as Coordinator for the National Recreation Reservation Service Program and the Park’s volunteer program.
His responsibilities include environmental compliance and analyses, environmental protection of cultural and historical resources, and project safety operations.
ReserveAmerica will begin accepting nominations for the 2007 “America’s Ranger of the Year” awards on Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Camping enthusiasts may submit their vote for “America’s Ranger of the Year” while planning their family camping trips online at ReserveAmerica.com. The Awards are presented to rangers who receive the greatest number of votes submitted by park visitors in combination with display of positive performance as witnessed through testimonials from the general public. Visit www.ReserveAmerica.com to learn more about America’s top rangers.
ReserveAmerica is North America's leading camping reservation and campground management solutions provider. ReserveAmerica specializes in complete reservations solutions, stand-alone call center/database management tools, online reservations solutions and park software solutions. The Company manages the largest reservable campsite inventory with partnerships throughout North America. ReserveAmerica is an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI).
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