RALEIGH – Jane Conolly, a veteran state park ranger, has been promoted to superintendent of Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County, according to the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
Conolly succeeds Janet Pearson, who accepted a position as superintendent at Stone Mountain State Park earlier this year.
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.
Conolly is a native of Athens, Ga. and a 1982 graduate of the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in parks and recreation management, and she worked with Georgia State Parks while in college. She joined the North Carolina state parks system in 1997 as a ranger at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area and transferred to Gorges State Park in 2003. After working with local and state parks systems in Georgia in 2008-09, she returned to the division as a ranger at Crowders Mountain State Park. She holds certifications in environmental education and advanced law enforcement, and volunteers as a peer support counselor.
“Jane has deep experience in all phases of park operations as well as a keen sense of our mission, and that will be invaluable as we prepare to open Carvers Creek State Park with interim facilities later this year. Development of this new park will be an exciting and challenging experience both for Jane and the state parks system,” said Lewis Ledford, state parks director.
Carvers Creek State Park was authorized by the N.C. General Assembly in 2005, and currently encompasses 4,076 acres.
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