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Volunteer ranger at Fort Frederick State Park honored

April 16, 2007

ANNAPOLIS - The Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Maryland Park Service, has announced that Jerry France, a volunteer ranger at Fort Frederick State Park and the Western Maryland Rail Trail, is the 2006-07 recipient of the Agency Volunteer Award presented by the Maryland Recreation and Parks Association.

The award was presented during the association's annual conference in Ocean City, Md.

Lt. Angie Hummer, park manager at Fort Frederick State Park and Western Maryland Rail Trail, nominated France for the award. In 2006, France biked 1,542.5 miles and spent 202 days patrolling the 23.5-mile Western Maryland Rail Trail.

As a volunteer ranger, he reports trail conditions, visitor statistics and maintenance issues to the park on a daily basis. France also provides visitors with the history of the rail trail, and shares tourism information in and around Washington County.

"Jerry's dedication to the Western Maryland Rail Trail is truly remarkable," said Hummer. "We know Jerry is always out there - biking the trail, clearing downed trees and even talking to children about the importance of helmets and bicycle safety. We are very lucky to have such a dedicated volunteer offering these valuable services to the citizens and visitors to Maryland."

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Since France began as a volunteer ranger in 2004, he has volunteered 3,155.5 hours and has biked 13,048 miles on the Western Maryland Rail Trail.

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