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Tuckahoe State Park Manager Receives Edmund Prince Award
QUEEN ANNE, MD – Maryland Park Service Acting Superintendent Major Neal Herrick, recently presented the Edmund Prince Award to Ranger John Ohler, Park Manager of the Tuckahoe State Park Complex in Queen Anne, Maryland.
“Ranger Ohler is truly a natural resource professional,” said Major Herrick. “His positive influence lives in the hearts and minds of many young people who have witnessed his class and character during programs he’s presented over the years,” added Herrick.
A Hagerstown native, Ranger Ohler began his career with the Maryland Park Service in 1984 as a seasonal employee at Greenbrier State Park. He then transferred to Fort Frederick State Park before accepting a full-time position as Ranger at Sandy Point State Park. In 1992, he was hired as the Park Manager of the Tuckahoe Complex, which includes Martinak, Wye Oak and Tuckahoe State Parks, Choptank River Fishing Pier and several natural resources management areas on the Eastern Shore.
The Edmund Prince Award, named for the first Ranger in the state of Maryland, honors those who personify the culture, heritage, and proud tradition of the Maryland Park Service, a division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Prince, whose legacy dates back more than 100 years, truly epitomized the role of a Ranger in Maryland’s state parks and is held in the highest regard in this field of work.
“Receiving this award is really a credit to many talented people whom I’ve been privileged to work with during my career,” said Ranger Ohler. “Out of commitment to these places, the people we serve, and the natural resources we protect, I am honored to accept this award.”
Ohler resides in Queen Anne with his son Justin and wife Jodi. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, biking and skiing. Ohler has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, a 2,175-mile trail, extending from Maine to Georgia, as well as Vermont’s Long Trail of 270 miles. He also enjoys woodworking and coaches for local youth sports leagues.
November 29, 2007
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov