RALEIGH -- Janet Pearson, a veteran state park superintendent and ranger, has been named superintendent of Stone Mountain State Park in Wilkes and Alleghany counties, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation. She succeeds Edward Farr, who retired in 2011.
A superintendent is the chief of operations and administration at a state park or state recreation area with wide-ranging responsibilities for staffing, training, law enforcement, visitor services, natural resource protection and environmental education.
Pearson is a native of the Pilot Mountain area and a 2000 graduate of Western Carolina University with a bachelor?s degree in parks and recreation management. She worked in seasonal positions for the state parks system and as an interpreter for the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm before becoming a fulltime ranger at Pilot Mountain in 2000. In January 2010, she became the first superintendent of the developing Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County. She holds certifications in environmental education and intermediate law enforcement.
?With her background in northwestern North Carolina and administrative experience in guiding the development of Carvers Creek State Park, Janet brings strong skills to this position,? said Lewis Ledford, state parks director. ?Stone Mountain will continue to be one of the most popular state parks in the region, with ever-growing demands to balance outdoor recreation with wise natural resource protection.?
Established in 1969, Stone Mountain State Park encompasses 14,210 acres and reported 440,612 visitors in 2011.
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