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New Pollinator Garden Opens

New Pollinator Garden Opens

After four years of planning, and some disappointing, but unavoidable delays, the ribbon was cut and the gates were opened to Raven Rock State Park’s new pollinator garden. Liz Thomas, the coordinator of the garden made a speech and gave thanks to Womble’s Hardware, Friends of Raven Rock, others and park staff before cutting the ribbon. Superintendent John Privette gave special recognition to Ms Thomas for all her hard work and dedication to the project. The crowd poured in through…

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Join Us on June 27th!

Join Us on June 27th!

If you’ve been to the park’s visitor center lately, you may have noticed some changes out front. A large area to the right of the sidewalk that connects the far end of the parking lot with the visitor center has been undergoing an ecological facelift of sorts. Many years ago a pollinator garden was put in place by park staff member, Jessie Summers, but after Jessie retired, and due to staffing shortages, the garden couldn’t be kept up. Enter park…

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Edwin Patterson Honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Edwin Patterson Honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Gov. Roy Cooper recently bestowed the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award to Harnett County native, and FRARO’s former Chair, Edwin Patterson. The award was presented by former congressman Bob Etheridge. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is the most prestigious award presented by the Governor of North Carolina. It is the highest civilian honor that anyone can receive in the state of North Carolina. As an Order of the Long leaf honoree, Edwin is now included on…

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Thank you to our donors

Thank you to our donors

Friends of Raven Rock would like to extend our gratitude to the Grays Chapel Lions Club for a donation made in Dr. Robert Soots name. We would also like to thank Mrs. Soots for her donation in her husband’s name. Dr. Soots was instrumental in the formation of Raven Rock into a state park (instead of it being sold to a mining company). He was passionate about Raven Rock and he will be remembered for that passion by those who…

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Annual Meeting Announced

Annual Meeting Announced

The Annual Members Meeting will be held at the park’s Visitor Center on, December 3, 20224:00PM – 6:00PM Everyone is invited to attend. Members are allowed to vote on certain issues, so if you want a voice, join FRARO here. This is the link to the agenda for the meeting.