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Manchester parks expert headed to D.C.

The Chronicle-Express

Healthy parks make healthy communities, said Dr. Les Moore, a resident of the town of Manchester who was appointed to the National Park System Advisory Board in October.

Soon, the health care professional and pastor will be headed to Washington, D.C., to meet with 11 other new board members who will work with Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the interior, and David Vela, director of the National Park Service.

“I like serving,” said Moore, who calls this appointment an honor.

The National Park System Advisory Board is made up of 12 citizen-advisers chartered by Congress to help the National Park Service. It has been around since 1935 and provides input on park-related matters including restoration, reconstruction, conservation, and the administration of historic and archeological sites in national park units.

Today, the National Park Service is responsible for more than 400 designated historic parks, trails, sites and monuments including such divergent properties as the National Women’s Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls and the Appalachian Trail, which Moore has walked since he was a kid growing up in North Carolina.

“Each geographic region has a representative on the board, so it seems I am the one representing the Northeast and the Great Lakes regions. I am studying both of these areas,” said Moore, who was nominated for the four-year volunteer position by someone formerly involved in government and politics.

Moore’s love of nature led him to pursue a bachelor of science degree in natural resource and conservation management from Western Carolina University. He concentrated in forest management, which he has applied to the use of natural resources for medicine. At the National University of Natural Medicine In Portland, Oregon, Moore received a doctorate of naturopathic medicine and a master of science in Oriental medicine. He has also served in the U.S. Army as an infantry sergeant and infantry officer.

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