Dave Cook Receives Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dave G. Cook, retiring Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Eno River Association has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The award was presented to Mr. Cook on December 6 by North Carolina State Senator Mike Woodard during the Association’s Annual Meeting, held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.

Mr. Cook is a seasoned North Carolina State Park Ranger, Superintendent, and District Superintendent. He has served at the Eno River Association since 2016, and intends to continue volunteering after his retirement in January.

“Dave’s comfort in, knowledge of, and passion for the outdoors is contagious. He has been the perfect person to lead Eno River Association’s Education and Outreach efforts these past few years, following his long service with Boy Scouts of America and North Carolina State Parks. His leadership experience, community engagement, and volunteerism make him the ideal candidate for the Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” noted Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director of the Eno River Association.

The Order of Long Leaf Pine is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. More information can be found on its website: https://longleafpinesociety.org/order-of-the-long-leaf-pine/  Messages of appreciation for Dave’s service are being collected at association@enoriver.org.

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