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Preserving a natural, local treasure

Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at 11:51 am

Chief Ranger Katherine Shepard of Belle Isle State Park has been named the new Park Manager. Shepard started her new position on April 25, 2019.

She has been with the Department of Conservation and Recreation since 2011.

She began her career at Douthat State Park in Bath County as a resource management assistant.

Since her time here, she has added many programs and has been instrumental in the growth of the park.

Eastern Field Operations Director Timothy Schrader stated that he expects Shepard will continue to deliver quintessential Northern Neck experiences for which the park is renowned.

Schrader was instrumental in opening the park in 1994.

“Katie has the skills to manage the multiple facets of a state park operation,” Schrader said.

Shepard built and led a team of community members and park professionals to research, design and build the exhibits that capture the stories of the cultural and natural resources that make this a unique area of the State of Virginia.

Shepard and her team did hours upon hours of research on the history of the area and the natural resources available and directed her concentration on how she could interpret the display at the visitors center for park visitors and for the community.

Her goal was to give visitors the sense of the area they are in.

Park leadership recognized the devotion of Shepard’s efforts and outstanding performance, which she displayed in her interview process.

For the full article, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 5/15/19

Chief Ranger Katie Shepard of Belle Isle State Park

has recently been promoted to Park Manager.