In addition to his law enforcement, medical response, lost-person search and resource management duties, Ruark will assist in the operation of the park’s family campground, swimming area, Cove picnic area and the boat ramps.
Ruark has attained a bachelor’s degree in history from Presbyterian College and has served as a park ranger at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area since February 2015. With extensive experience as a wildland firefighter in the western United States, Ruark will be very active in the park’s controlled fire program.
Ruark has a keen interest in both American history and in natural environments and processes. As part of his duties, he will offer interpretive programs to the public, sharing his extensive knowledge of native plants and animals as well as antiquated tools and practices.
North Carolina State Park Rangers are commissioned law enforcement officers who patrol state park lands and waters and who are trained to respond to all manner of emergencies with the state parks, including: criminal investigation, search and rescue, medical first aid, and wildland fire suppression. Rangers are resource managers and educators, using their intimate knowledge of the park’s plant and animal communities, mineral composition and cultural history to preserve, protect and interpret the unique ecosystem of each park.