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Gore named Nashville District Employee of the Month for November 2018

Nashville District Public Affairs
Published Jan. 11, 2019
Employee of the month

Old Hickory Lake Park Ranger Will Gore assists a visitor Jan. 10, 2019 during the Nashville Boat Show at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. He is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Employee of the Month for November 2018. (USACE photo by Leon Roberts)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Jan. 11, 2019) – William Gore, a Natural Resource Specialist (Park Ranger) Trainee, at the Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager's Office is the Nashville District Employee of the Month for November 2018.

Gore is being recognized for his contributions and support for his collaboration to a shoreline Management Operational Dashboard Application for mobile devices with Matt Davis, a geographer in the Nashville District.  Over the last several months, Gore has worked closely with Davis to collect data, populate and field test the mobile application. 

Although Davis created the app, he said Gore’s field expertise greatly improved the process and testing. 

“He used the field collection application to populate real time data in the device, and provided guidance to get project employees access to GIS application.  He also trained and briefed District Office personnel,” said Davis.

Gore said, the new Shoreline Management mobile application will help Rangers streamline the shoreline permitting process in real time.  He also worked to reduce the number back log of permits, renewals, licenses and new applicants in his Shoreline Management area of the lake.

According to Crystal Tingle, Old Hickory Lake Resource Manager, Gores job as a park ranger provides direct support and customer service to lake residents, visitors and adjoining property owners of the lake.  He manages the shoreline and park ranger program.  His job requires him to consistently provide key support and information to the Shoreline Management Program.  More than 3,000 permits are distributed annually and he helps maintain the Recreation Management Program. 

“Rangers are the face of the Corps and through this application, Will helps us maintain a cohesive relationship with our lake residents and staff.” said Tingle. 

Tingle said, the Old Hickory Shoreline Management Program is the largest in the Nashville District and

fourth largest program throughout the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.  Gore brings wonderful

excitement and willingness to improve upon the new application to collect shoreline permit information

while completing compliance inspections and meeting with new landowners.

Gore, has been with the Corps team since 2015 where he started as a park ranger at the Dale Hollow Lake for three summers and before arriving at Old Hickory Lake.

He credits much of his knowledge to the team at Dale Hollow and Old Hickory Lakes for continuously providing him with needed skills sets to be a great park ranger.

He is a native of Hillham, Tenn., and earned his undergrad degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Gore said he was surprised by the award, and is happy that his peers recommend him for the award.

“This is an awesome achievement,” said Gore.  “I love the idea of us (park rangers) using new technology in the field and using it to interact and provide up-to-date information to customers and residents of the Lake.”

Tingle said Gore excels at executing, and improving upon, practices and processes associated with general natural resources and recreation aspects.

In Gore's off-duty time, he enjoys all outdoor activities, training his hunting dogs, duck hunting, snow boarding, watching all University of Tennessee Volunteer sports and working on his family farm.  

Tingle said, Gores steadfast willingness to help wherever he can has greatly facilitated the establishment of this new application and continually improvement of that process. 

“Will continues to be a tremendous asset to Old Hickory Lake and the Nashville District,” said Tingle.

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