OLYMPIA – May 29, 2014 – Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is pleased to announce that Jason Snow, a ranger at Peace Arch State Park in Blaine, was awarded the Governor’s Extra Mile award during Public Service Recognition Week earlier this month.Ranger Snow, along with award recipients from other state agencies, was honored in a ceremony on May 16 at the State Capitol. The award recognizes state employees who exemplify what it means to be a public servant.
John Yirak, a volunteer at Peach Arch State Park, nominated Snow, writing: “Jason Snow saved the agency thousands of dollars by skillfully leveraging volunteer opportunities and using his personal knowledge, skills and abilities.”
Yirak’s nomination highlighted numerous examples of how Snow found people and resources in the north Whatcom county area to donate new playground equipment, remove downed trees, improve how the park stores its materials and do much-needed landscaping work.
Ted Morris, head ranger at Birch Bay State Park and Snow’s supervisor, said Snow’s award was well-deserved. “Jason is truly an unsung hero—quiet and doesn’t bang his own drum. But he’s a solid, dedicated hard-working ranger. It’s nice see him get this recognition.”
Snow has been working for Washington State Parks for 22 years. He began working as a seasonal ranger for Washington State Parks in the early 1990s, starting his career at Birch Bay State Park and moving to Peace Arch State Park about 10 years ago. His background is in natural resources. In addition to working at Peace Arch State Park, he’s also Morris’s primary assistant at Birch Bay State Park.
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