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NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME; Naomi's role.

Byline: MIKE MORGAN

THE NORTH York Moors National Park has a new pair of eyes keeping watch over the area's landscape, heritage and wildlife.

Naomi Dillon, 30, has joined the National Park Authority as senior ranger for the Northern Area which stretches from Westerdale out to the coast at Fylingdales and up to Loftus.

Naomi has a range of countryside and environmental management qualifications and experience and was previously countryside access officer at Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Naomi's appointment completes a review of the National Park Authority's Ranger Service which has seen the National Park divided into three ranger areas rather than four.

There are two rangers and a field team for each area with a fourth "floating" field team to work across the North York Moors.

In addition, head of park management and technical assistant posts have been created to look after the strategic and administrative duties - freeing up the rangers to develop closer links with the people who live and visit the North York Moors.

Former Senior Ranger for the Northern Area, Bernie McLinden has taken up the head of park management role and is supported by Joanne Humpleby as technical assistant.

Naomi, who lives in Redcar, is assisted by Matt Fitzgerald in the Northern Area with Simon Bassindale and Carl Cockerill covering the Western Area (Guisborough Moors down to Byland Abbey) and David Smith and Jay Marrison the Southern Area (Farndale across to Cloughton on the coast).

Naomi said: "The North York Moors is such a lovely place to work - much of it is already familiar to me, but I am also discovering many new areas and special places.

"No two days in this job are the same which is what appealed; one day I could be meeting with landowners or parish councils and another helping volunteers or apprentices."

Richard Gunton, director of recreation and park management, said: "Having bid a fond farewell to two of our senior rangers - Frank Pickles and Colin Dilcock - we had an opportunity to make some changes.

"Our rangers are, for many, the first point of contact with the authority and the new structure should mean they can spend more time out in the North York Moors protecting its wildlife, improving access and providing information to residents and visitors." * More information on the ranger areas can be found at www.moors.uk.net/rangers.

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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Aug 27, 2009
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