News from the DNR Office of Communications

15 New Rangers Graduate From MPS Ranger School

Crisfield, Md. (March 3, 2011) — On February 25, 15 new rangers graduated from Maryland Park Service (MPS) Ranger School, marking the sixth class of new rangers since February 2009.

“I congratulate and thank or new rangers, who will provide valuable leadership, inspiring Marylanders to learn about, respect and enjoy our natural resources,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “Our rangers serve both citizens and visitors, working to sustainably manage our treasured State parks.”

The four-week academy was held at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield, Md., incorporating classroom instruction with practical park experiences through the operation of the park. The graduates, comprised of park employees both veteran and new, completed training in various aspects of park operations.

Students experienced real life scenarios and instruction involving resource management, search and rescue, campground operations, park maintenance, resource interpretation and diversity in education.

A Maryland park ranger devotes professional responsibility for stewardship and protection of Maryland’s natural and historic resources, incorporating education, management and conservation when serving park visitors.

Melissa Boyle, Scotland
Dennis Cutcher, Baltimore
Azephra Hamilton, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
John Kenty, Stevensville
Dawn Letts, Leonardtown
Christina McCullough, Reisterstown
Joshua McGinnis, Elkton
Carlos Navarro, Baltimore City Recreation and Parks
Angela Pease, Snow Hill
Sara Rollins Rinta, Owings Mills
Beth Shafer, Stockton
Steven Shortall, Centreville
John Somers, Crisfield
Danielle Smith, Ridge
Tina Stevens, Chester

   March 3, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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