Tracy Minton

  • West Jefferson US-NC
Tracy Minton


To conserve and protect the natural resources of our state through innovative measures resulting from strong leadership and adherence to the division's guidelines.  To increase outdoor recreation opportunities, environmental appreciation, and visitation while protecting resources through natural resource management, law enforcement and environmental education.      


Frontline Leadership 

Equal Employment Opp. Institute

Diversity Within & Without - DPR 

Criminal Justice General Instructor

Criminal Justice LE Physical Fitness

Advanced Law Enforcement

North Carolina Burn Boss

NC Environmental Educator

Flatwater Canoe 

Fundamentals of SAR

Mgmt. of Land Search Operations

Incident Command System 100

Incident Command System 200

Incident Command System 300

National Incident Mgmt. Sys. 700

National Incident Mgmt. Sys. 800

American Heart CPR / AED Instr.

NPS BRP Interpretive Training

NPS BRP Nat. Resource Training


Physical Fitness & Weight Lifting

Fantasy Football



Antiques & Old Stuff


Appalachian Music & Culture

Nature Photography

Volunteer History

Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve

Florence Thomas Art School

Ashe Chamber of Commerce

Ashe County Parks & Recreation

EKCHO Advisory Committee

Upward Basketball

Appalachian Trail 

City of Myrtle Beach

Wilkes YMCA After School

Watauga County 4-H

Watauga Special Olympics

Watagua Disability Awareness Day

Professional Accomplishments with Parks

  • Lead Law Enforcement Ranger at MOJE for 8 Years, Leading Details, Patrols, Inspections, Evidence Management & Incident Documentation.
  • Create & Present 27 Monthly Law Enforcement Awareness Trainings & 7 Annual Meetings for Officers at NERI, MOJE, other WEDI Parks, & Surrounding Agencies in 7 Years.
  • Instruct DPR Rangers w/ Professional Training as a General Law Enforcement & Physical Fitness Instructor for 5 Years.  
  • Acting Office Administrator at MOJE for 9 Months. 
  • Authorized Signee of Cash Management Plan at MOJE for 7 Years.
  • Completed Frontline Leadership Certification in 2009.  
  • Conducted WPPR & Coaching Sessions for 7 Years & Competency Assessments for 4 Years. 
  • BEACON Supervisor at MOJE for 4 Years.
  • Conducted 30 Safety Meetings at MOJE & Instructed 8 CPR/AED Classes at MOJE & NERI.
  • Acquired Burn Boss Certification in 2006.  Burn Boss for Ecological Burns at LANO & Bluff Mountain Nature Preserve.  Served as Crew Chief at Double H Fire & Judes Gap Wildland Fires.  Worked in Conjunction w/ NCDFR, NCWRC & the Nature Conservancy.
  • Initiated Monitoring Efforts for Salamanders, Rodents, Ginseng, American Chestnut, Bigtooth Aspen, Pitchers Plants & the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  Worked at JONE w/ USFWS to Assist w/ the Management of Cavity Trees of the Red Cockaded Woodpecker.  Assist w/ Monitoring of the Hellbender at NERI
  • Proposed, Designed & Implemented the Lost Province Trail, a 3 Year Project at MOJE.
  • Researched, Formed & Implemented the First Correct & Continuous Boundary at MOJE in 2005.
  • Ensured 513 Educational Programs in 4 counties in 2 1/2 years as Lead I & E Ranger at JONE.
  • Conducted 547 Programs w/ 10,256 participants in 8 Years within MOJE I & E Initiative. 
  • Adopted 4th Grade of Westwood Elementary as Part of Parks as Classrooms Initiative Since 2005.
  • Traditional Music, Native American & Southern Appalachian Culture Programs Since 1998.  
  • Instructed Story Telling, Birding, & Shake, Rattle & Learn AIT Workshops at MOJE Since 2005.  
  • Hosted Park Community Events:  July 4th Celebration, & Haunted Hayride & Storytelling (JONE).
  • Welcomed & Presented LANO to President's Administration & Federal Energy Regulation Commission During Duke Power Re-licensing Negotiations.  
  • Welcomed & Presented MOJE to the Director of the Executive Residence & White House Chief Usher, White House Superintendent of Grounds, & White House Chief Floral Designer. 
  • Planned, Issued SAP & Special Provisions, & Supervised Operations at Blue Ridge Brutal Bike Race for 8 years, & the Mount Jefferson Challenge Foot Race for 3 Years.  
  • Interviewed by NBC News Concerning "Black Bears & Humans in Urban Areas" as NPS Ranger.
  • Featured in Documentary Concerning "Carolina Bay Lakes" by Local Campus Television Station.
  • Reviewed & Approved Books, Publications & Educational Info for Retail at NPS BRP VCs in 1999.
  • Researched, Marked & Painted Large Mountain Land Tracts as Apprentice Surveyor for a Year.
  • Served as Family Liaison for Walker SAR at MOJE, & Crew Leader for Sutton SAR at BRP, NPS.
  • Emergency Response Team Member, Myrtle Beach, w/ Search & Rescue Missions for a Season.  
  • Environment Educator, After School Counselor & Youth Director for Wilkes YMCA for 3 Years.  

Visitor Quote

"Mr. Minton made our visit to Mount Jefferson the highlight of our trip.  He is a good listener, and responds to questions with helpful information and an appropriate sense of humor.  His low-key engaging personality and quiet respect for the environment is an excellent model for visitors to the park."

Dave Winer

Awards & Recognition

  • South Eastern Community College BLET Academic & Fitness Awards in 2000.
  • Physical Fitness & Top Shot Awards for ALERT w/ North Carolina Division of Parks & Recreation.
  • Received "On the Spot Award" for Excellent Service Rendered as Ranger for NPS BRP in 1998.  
  • Most Outstanding Graduate Award in Rec & Park Mgnt. Concentration at Appalachian State in 1997.
  • Cum Laude Honors Graduate at Appalachian State University in 1997.
  • Lifetime Member of the Alpha Chi Honors Society at Appalachian State University in 1997.

Management KSAs

Steer an Effective 

Law Enforcement Program

Oversee Cash Management

Plan or Budget

Manage Personnel & Human Resource Issues

Curtail Risk Management 

& Safety Issues

Protect Natural Resources with an Assertive Management Plan 

Stimulate Interpretation 

& Education Efforts 


Work History

Work History


Jan 1995 - May 1997

B.S. Recreation and Park Management

Appalachian State University