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By Erin Smith

A Dublin native has been named as the Park Superintendent for the Lumber River State Park. Lane Garner, a veteran of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Service, began his service as Superintendent on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Garner said he is going to miss his colleagues at Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake, but he is ready  for the new challenges he will face at Lumber River State Park.

According to the North Carolina Parks and Recreation website, Lumber River State Park was established in 1989, and now encompasses 12,039 acres and recorded 72,731 visitors in 2017. Garner said it is the fourth largest state park in North Carolina. He said the park encompasses 115 miles along the Lumber River spread over four counties. 

He said one primary responsibility for the staff of Lumber River State Park is to educate the public about the importance of the river and state parks and to provide recreational opportunities. Garner said he hopes to take the things he has learned from his time spent at Jones Lake and Singletary Lake and utilize them at his new post.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Garner of Lumber River State Park.

Garner is a native of Dublin and a graduate of UNC-Pembroke. He has a total of 15 years experience as a Park Ranger.