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Ranger Dave Weesner Receives Edmund Prince Award

Annapolis, MD (May 19, 2010) — The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has awarded Ranger Dave Weesner of the South Mountain Recreation Area, the Edmund Prince Award. MPS Superintendent Nita Settina and Deputy Superintendent Chris Bushman presented Weesner with the award at the spring park managers’ meeting held at North Point State Park May 12. The award, named for Maryland’s first park ranger, is given to those who distinguish themselves in this role.

“I want to congratulate Dave Weesner for his dedication to our State parks,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “His 19 years of service are a shining example of the commitment our Park Rangers show to managing and protecting our natural resources for Maryland families.”

Weesner began his career with MPS in 1991 as a ranger at South Mountain Recreation Area, which includes Greenbrier State Park, Washington Monument State Park, Gathland State Park, South Mountain State Park and the Maryland portion of the Appalachian Trail, and South Mountain State Battlefield.

Weesner received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management from Delaware State University. He lives near Boonsboro, Md. Dave is an avid outdoorsman and is well known for his bird watching skills.

He received this prestigious award for his skills in customer service, leadership, team work, programming, and park maintenance. He has been an inspiration to every person he has worked with as well as countless park visitors.

The Edmund Prince Award honors those who personify the culture, heritage and proud tradition of MPS, a division of the Department of Natural Resources.

   May 19, 2010

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