Corps Ranger Mays retiring after 31 years at Grenada Lake

Grenada Lake Project Manager Andy Stricklin (left) congratulates Booker Mays on his retirement.

Staff Writer

   Ranger Booker T. Mays, a 31-year veteran, will wrap up his career with Army Corps of Engineers on Sunday.
   Mays began working the with corps as a temporary ranger and worked his way up to Natural Resource Specialist.
   “I have been blessed to serve as a ranger, and  I feel that I have influenced and informed the lives of many people,” said Mays. “I have helped people understand the environment in which they live and how to take care of it,” he said.
   From 1989 until 1994, Mays observed swimming and boating operations, directed water patrols and assisted with timber inventory.
   In 2008, Mays was selected as a Natural Resource Specialist. He was then responsible for preparing and planting wildlife plots, managing the fertilization and herbicide programs and maintaining wood duck and blue bird boxes for the lake area.
   “Booker has been a tremendous resource to our staff,” said Interpretive Ranger Artie Hoff. “He’s a native of Pittsboro, and he’s a local here over there. People love him, and rightly so.”
Mays said he was grateful for the opportunity.
   “I’ve had the chance to talk with city and county representatives, and with folks who come to visit the lake,” said Mays.
   “I’ve had a great career, and I’m grateful for every moment,” Mays said. 

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