KINGSPORT — Former Natural Tunnel State Park manager Craig Seaver will now oversee a list of properties stretching from Virginia’s Eastern Shore to the Cumberland Gap following his appointment this week as the commonwealth’s interim director of state parks.
Seaver, a 28-year employee of the state park system who was appointed field operations manager in February 2012, said he was honored by the decision by Joe Elton, interim director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
“I am humbled and honored to be asked to act in this capacity for the time being,” Seaver said. “These are exciting times for Virginia State Parks, last year we had 8.8 million visitors to all of the parks, which is more than the population of Virginia, and it created over $200 million in economic impact with over 10,000 volunteers working 314,000 hours.”
Elton said Seaver’s vast knowledge of the state park system and its day-to-day operations played a large role in his landing of the new job.
“Craig is one of the most respected and talented leaders in our state park system,” Elton said. “He knows the system inside and out and has worked at various parks across the commonwealth. Everyone in state parks knows he is committed to our parks being the best in the nation.”For an expanded version of this article, please see Sunday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.