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14 Rangers Graduate From Mps Ranger School

Crisfield, Md. (March 6, 2012) — Fourteen individuals have shown their commitment to the stewardship and protection of Maryland’s natural and historic resources by becoming park rangers. The group graduated from Maryland Park Service Ranger School on February 24, 2012.

“Maryland State Parks improve our quality of life, encourage economic development through tourism and allow our children to experience the natural world,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “The new park rangers will not only enrich the outdoor experience for park visitors, but will be charged with enforcement, management and conservation of our most treasured public lands.”

The four-week academy was held at Janes Island State Park in Crisfield. The program incorporates 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.

Group shot of graduates
This graduation marks the seventh class of new rangers since February 2009.


  • Lindley Austin, Bel Air
  • Elena Bode, Grantsville
  • Curtis Dale, Glen Burnie
  • Todd Easton, Scotland
  • Chris Gleason Smuck, Myersville
  • Chris Grieco, Jarrettsville
  • Alyssa Henn, Finksburg
  • Kenneth Miller, Kennedyville
  • David Naftalin, Bethesda
  • Rodney Staab, Baltimore
  • Adam Stachowiak, Grantsville
  • Robert Study, Shepardstown, WV
  • Elizabeth Swift, Bel Air
  • Brian Thomas, Sykesville

   March 6, 2012

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at