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New Prince William Forest Park superintendent wants to expand knowledge of its rich history
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By Rob Hedelt
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"Finding new ways to share
Martinez may have recently taken over at the park located just north on Interstate 95, but he's not new to the National Park Service or this area.
Before arriving here in late fall, the New York native with 34 years of federal service was superintendent of the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River, part of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. That park conserves, protects and interprets 56,000 acres of land bordering the Upper Delaware River.
Prior to that, Martinez served as superintendent
Martinez said he enjoyed the challenge of Upper Delaware and was glad for the chance to work on issues ranging from the handling
But the gregarious park superintendent said he had never been able to sell his home in the Fredericksburg area, and had been separated from his family for long stretches.
"When the job here in Prince William opened up,
Recently, I joined Martinez and staffer Tracy Ballesteros to learn more about the park's facilities and its past.
"We've got five cabin camps built by the CCC, and over 200 historic structures in the camp," said Martinez of what was known originally as the Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area, one of the first of many similar New Deal recreational projects built around the country.