[Bristol-Birds] New Steele Creek Naturalist

  • From: Wallace Coffey <jwcoffey@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: 1-A Bristol-Birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Oct 2003 14:42:39 -0300

Leslie Burrell, a ranger at Norris State Park, Lake City, TN, today reported
to work as the new naturalist at Steele Creek Park Nature Center in Bristol, TN.

She grew up in Blountville, TN and is a 1996 graduate of Sullivan Centeral
High School. She olds a degree from East Tennessee State University.  Her
early mentor was Marty Silvers, natrualist at Warrior Path State Park in

She is the daughter of David and Barbara Burrell of Blountville.  Her father
is principal at Holston Middle School across from Tri-City Regional Airport.

She first worked in the state parks system for four summers as a lifeguard
at the waterslide in Warrior Path State Park.  In 1999 she was a Seasonal
Naturalist at Davy Crocket Birthplace State Park at Limestone, TN.  She was
a seasonal natrualist at Norris Dam State Park in 2000.  She joined the
staff at Fall Creek Falls State Park, Pikeville, TN for nine months as a
naturalist in 2001.  In 2002 she was hired as an historian with the
Cumbeeralnd Trail at Cove Lake State Park in Caryville, TN where she worked
as a folklorists and gathered living history interviews.  In October 2002
she was hired fulltime as a park ranger at Norris State Park where she
worked until Friday, Oct. 3.

She earned a B.S. in Art & Liberal Studies with special interest in
Appalachian Studies at ETSU.  She has completed one year towards a M.S.

Her formal title at Steele Creek is Nature Center Coordinator.  

Burrell replaces Kevin Hamed who,  in September,  joined the faculty at
Virginia Highlands Community College, Abingdon.

I know all area birders will look forward to meeting Leslie and making her
feel at home.  She will also appreciate your support as she puts her own
style, talent and personal touches to her new work at Steele Creek.
Let's go birding....

Wallace Coffey
Bristol, TN


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