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Friday, February 20, 2015

Supporting the Next Generation of Leadership at America’s State Parks

America’s State Parks are truly our nation’s treasures, and at STIHL, we believe they should be protected now and in the future.  That’s why we support the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) Leadership School. For the past six years, we have sponsored the NASPD’s annual training program and this year we were able to provide scholarships to seven park managers from across the country.

The Leadership School is a two-year training program for state park personnel aimed at cultivating future leaders of state parks. Throughout the year, the NASPD offers online education courses as well as hands-on learning at the Oglebay National Training Center in Wheeling, W. Va.

2015 1st Year State Park Leadership School students
We know that developing the next generation of park managers and directors is crucial to the continued health and success of America’s state parks. The leadership program offered by NASPD gives park personnel the education, training, networking and tools to not only become more effective in their current positions, but also prepares them for greater responsibilities in their state park system. 

Classes are a combination of practical application and discussion
Scholarship recipient Becky Barnes of Massachusetts told us she would not have been able to attend the school without her STIHL scholarship because of budget constraints in her state.   She is now excited about returning to her park better equipped as a manager, and potentially even one day to become the state director.
Becky Barnes of Massachusetts State Parks
 This year’s scholarship recipients are:

Year I Students on STIHL scholarship:
·         Stanford Williams, Louisiana
·         Rebecca Barnes, Massachusetts
·         Lorna Bobilin, Massachusetts
·         Terri Bisson, Rhode Island

Year II Students on STIHL scholarship:
·         Christopher Caswell, Louisiana
·         Ezola Thomas, Louisiana
·         Bruce Thompson, Rhode Island
STIHL Inc. also sponsors the NASPD annual conference  and offers individual state parks support through safety and operational training.