Mount Rogers NRA names new space ranger

Edward Wright has been tapped to function the brand new Space Ranger for the Mount Rogers Nationwide Recreation Space (NRA).

The NRA contains roughly 200,000 acres of Nationwide Forest land close to Mount Rogers. It options greater than 400 miles of trails, together with 60 miles of the Appalachian Path, 18 miles of the Virginia Creeper Path, and 67 miles of the Virginia Highland Horse Path.

The Forest Service estimates that greater than 1,000,000 folks go to Mount Rogers yearly.

The NRA is near Marion, Chilhowie, Damascus and Abingdon.

It’s a part of the George Washington & Jefferson Nationwide Forest. The NRA was established by Congress in 1966. The realm can also be dwelling to 4 federally designated wilderness areas and the Mount Rogers Scenic Byway.

Wright, in line with a USDA Forest Service information launch, has served because the recreation program supervisor for the Mount Rogers NRA since 2019. He began his profession with the Forest Service as developed recreation supervisor on the White Mountain Nationwide Forest in New Hampshire. Previous to that, he was a seasonal backcountry ranger for the Nationwide Park Service.

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He additionally served six years and a number of deployments with the U.S. Army Special Forces.

Wright, the discharge mentioned, holds a Grasp of Arts in World Historical past from Columbia College, a Grasp of Science in Worldwide Historical past from the London College of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Virginia Tech.

“Ed has performed a wonderful job constructing partnerships in our recreation program on the Mount Rogers Nationwide Recreation Space. He brings a collaborative strategy to this USDA Forest Service asset,” mentioned Forest Supervisor Joby Timm.

“The workers, volunteers and companions of the Mount Rogers Nationwide Recreation Space are second to none. I’m honored to be chosen to serve them on this new place,” mentioned Wright.

The general public can contact the Mount Rogers Nationwide Recreation Space at 276-783-5196.