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Ranger Mike Gregory Receives Edmund Prince Award
McHenry, MD — Ranger Mike Gregory, of the Maryland Park Service (MPS) recently received the Edmund Prince Award. MPS Superintendent Nita Settina presented Gregory with the award at the fall manager’s meeting. The award is named for Maryland’s first park ranger and is given to those who distinguish themselves in this role.
“Our dedicated rangers enhance the park experience for visitors in countless ways,” said Governor Martin O’Malley said. “Mike Gregory reminds us that in addition to being blessed with rich natural and cultural resources, Maryland parks are also blessed with people who are absolutely committed to providing exemplary public service and protecting those resources.”
Gregory began his career with the MD Department of Natural Resources in 1979 as a forest naturalist/ wildlife biologist with the Maryland Forest Service at Savage River State Forest. He was appointed in 1984 as Lake Manager for the Deep Creek Lake Natural Resources Management Area (NRMA). Gregory then accepted an assignment as the Natural Resources Manager for Merkle Wildlife Sanctuary and the Patuxent River NRMA.
Gregory returned to Garrett County in 1994 as the manager of the Savage River Complex. He is currently the manager of New Germany State Park. Gregory credits his award to his fellow Rangers and the Maryland Park Service employees who have worked with and mentored him over the past 29 years, along with the support of his family and friends.
Mike and his wife Sandra live in the New Germany area.
The Edmund Prince Award is named for Maryland’s first park ranger and honors those who personify the culture, heritage, and proud tradition of the Maryland Park Service, a division of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
November 25, 2008
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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.