MANAGER OF SALT FORK STATE PARK HONORED|
COLUMBUS, OH - Hal Harper, manager of Salt Fork State Park in Guernsey County, has received the Ohio State Parks� �Leadership Award� for 2004, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR).
The award recognizes Harper�s outstanding customer service, community relations, employee development and overall attitude. Managers throughout the state park system nominated him for the award.
"Hal Harper has the respect and admiration of the park employees in his region, as well as managers across the state," said Dan West, chief of Ohio State Parks. "He is a community leader and has been able to accomplish many things with his friends group and other local partners.�
Salt Fork State Park and its two satellite parks, Barkcamp and Wolf Run, make up one of the most complex park regions in the state.
�Hal welcomed the challenge that managing those parks required and has handled everything effectively. He's dealt with various operational challenges and has still managed to accomplish many achievements that help further the mission of Ohio State Parks,� West added.
Salt Fork State Park, located just off Interstate 77 north of Cambridge, encompasses more than 20,000 acres and is home to a full-service resort lodge, a 3,000-acre lake, an 18-hole golf course, and a variety of other recreational amenities.
Ohio's 74 state parks encompass nine resort lodges, more than 500 cottages and 56 family campgrounds with more than 9,000 campsites. For additional information, visit the ohiodnr.com web site.