News Release 462

Ranger Doug Buie receives 2009 Outstanding Ranger Award

Volume 37-462 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., DEC. 3, 2009 -- Doug Buie of Paris has been chosen as the 2009 Outstanding Ranger by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Buie, who serves as the park ranger for Mark Twain State Park near Stoutsville, was chosen for his overall dedication to duty and commitment to providing safety and security to visitors of Missouri state parks and historic sites.

Buie was nominated for the award by Capt. Keith Jackson who said Buie's efforts at developing and maintaining good relations with other agencies have been exemplary, particularly with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Water Patrol and the Missouri Department of Conservation. "These efforts pay great dividends when it comes to his ability to provide a safe environment for park visitors and in protecting our cultural and park resources," Jackson said.

The annual Outstanding Ranger Award was started in 2002 to recognize excellence among the Missouri State Park Rangers. Ranger Buie is the eighth recipient of this award. Rangers are nominated by the Missouri State Park Ranger command staff, and the recipient is selected by the Col. Stephen J. Wilson, the chief ranger.

Ranger Buie began working with the department as a park ranger in June 2007. He was assigned to Washington State Park near De Soto before being transferred to Mark Twain State Park in January 2008. He lives in Paris with his wife, Christina and son, Owen.