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Gambrill's Moore is state ranger of year

September 03, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

WASHINGTON COUNTY -- When Kevin Moore was growing up in Fallston, Md., he knew he wanted to work outdoors.

For the past 25 years, the Harford County native has lived his dream.

Moore was honored recently, not just for his longevity with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forestry Service, but for his accomplishments.

Named the 2008 Maryland Ranger of the Year, Moore currently performs the majority of the technical field activities in Frederick and Washington counties. His office is in Gambrill State Park in nearby Frederick County.

Moore, 47, received his forestry degree from Allegany College in Cumberland, Md. For about a year, Moore worked in the Baltimore area with Bartlett Tree Experts in tree trimming and urban forestry projects.

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Then, the job with the state came up and Moore signed on, working first for five years in Garrett County and for the past 20 years in his current location.

Moore recently was involved in the implementation of nine controlled burns on state and federal property in the area of Antietam National Battlefield.

That was coupled with providing training workshops to more than 150 individuals from various government agencies and local fire companies to prevent and control wildfires, Moore said.

Another endeavor Moore worked on in 2008 was the completion of data collection on 3,600 acres at Sugar Loaf Mountain in Frederick.

And there was Moore's role in the maintenance of a 10-acre field trial researching growth success under different planting regimes and deer fence enclosures.

Moore's forest management activities at Monocacy Natural Resources Management Area included putting a new ATV and slip-on fire suppression unit into service, rebuilding an ATV trailer and securing a brush truck for the Clear Spring Volunteer Fire Co.

He also assisted in the reconnaissance of about 20,000 acres of forest threatened by gypsy moths and the mapping of the final gypsy moth spray blocks and no-fly zones.

In his spare time, Moore coordinated a walnut seed collection and delivery to the nursery, and worked as a single resource specialist on two interagency fire assignments.

"I want to congratulate all of this year's award recipients," Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Aug. 24 when he announced the awards. "Each one has shown an incredible dedication to the forestry service, to the Department of Natural Resources and to our state to help work toward a smarter, more sustainable future."

Moore and his wife have two teenage daughters.

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