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Retired Ranger Wendell Jones Receives Edmund Prince Award

Wendell Jones recieves his award

Annapolis, Md. (December 10, 2009) — The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has awarded retired Ranger Wendell Jones the Edmund Prince Award. Maryland Park Service Superintendent Nita Settina presented Jones with the award at a recent State Park Advisory Commission meeting.

“I want to congratulate Ranger Jones on receiving the Edmund Prince Award,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The hard work and dedication of Ranger Jones reminds all of us to appreciate the men and women who work hard to manage Maryland’s natural resources, keeping our parks running and available for Maryland’s working families.”

Jones joined the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as a seasonal employee at Patuxent Natural Resource Management Area in 1973 and was hired full-time as a park ranger in 1978. During his 35 year career with MPS, Jones served as a ranger at Seneca Creek State Park, assistant manager of Sandy Point State Park and manager of the Maryland Park Service’s Training Division. Ranger Jones also worked as the MPS liaison with the DNR Communications Center and Wireless Communications division.

Jones served on the 2007 Maryland State Park Funding Study Workgroup, a collaborative effort of citizens and professionals with park knowledge and experience who provided recommendations to the state legislature on how to fully fund Maryland State Park operations. He retired from MPS in 2008.

Ranger Jones received his bachelor’s degree in recreation and parks from the University of Maryland. He lives in Cape St. Claire with his wife Diane. They have two sons, Trevor and Kyle.

The Edmund Prince Award is named for Maryland’s first park ranger and honors those who personify the culture, heritage and proud tradition of MPS, a division of DNR.

   December 10, 2009

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