Cheraw State Park, with its 7,600-some diverse acres has a Resource Manager rather than an Interpretive Ranger. She is Ms. Corrine Hanson. You see her above pointing out some of the Park’s more important features on a wall map in the Park Office.
I was fortunate to catch up with Ms. Hanson on Tuesday afternoon. She too is busy as the dickens here, and puts in long hours at the Park. But I hoped to get Ms. Hanson to share her knowledge of the Park’s ecosystem with us.
She began our conversation with a clear explanation of the long leaf pine ecosystem. And how long leaf pine is different from other pine species. Click the button to have a listen. Her explanation explains a lot about how the Park is run.
Of course, Cheraw State Park’s many and diverse acres include other species of trees, and of plants. I asked Ms. Hanson to describe them, and explain their relationship to the long leaf pines. Here is her response. Again, a clear and comprehensive explanation. She knows her stuff!
I then asked Ms. Hanson about the wildlife at the Park. She described the Park’s red cockaded woodpecker population. That’s a very rare bird. I didn’t get to see one while at the Park this time, but hope to in the future. Click here to access the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery page. Some additional interesting information and links there.
Thanks again, Ms. Hanson, for your time today.
Stay tuned, next we’re headed for Cheraw State Park’s impressive golf course and an interview with the Golf Pro and Business Manager, Mr. Brick Hyduke.