New Superintendent for Mount Cheaha State Park


Mount Cheaha State Park has a new superintendent. Renee Raney says she grew up climbing the rocks, learning about animals and playing with friends and family at Mount Cheaha. For 12 years, Raney taught environmental education at Jacksonville State using Cheaha parks as her outdoor classrooms before leaving to work with the non-profit Georgia-Alabama Land Trust.

Last year, Raney was given the opportunity to get back into the parks system as park events supervisor for Cheaha. Raney says everything in her career has lead her to this point.

Raney has a lot of goals set out to accomplish at Mount Cheaha. The new superintendent plans to make improvements on things that haven't been improved since the 1930’s. Some things expected to be added are new trails, including a trail from the upper campground to the bunker tower, a dog park, experts to teach outdoor workshops and classes and more.

With the major and minor changes that will occur at the park, Raney says she plans to preserve its natural resources as well as keeping its authenticity. Raney feels like she is finally working her dream job and says she is excited to see what the future holds for Mount Cheaha.

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