Every day when most Outer Banks vacationers are having morning coffee, Jean-Paul Neiderlander is walking the 426 acres of Jockey’s
Ridge State Park, rake in hand. Over the past five years, he has given more than 4,000 hours of volunteer service to the park, collecting litter, trimming shrubbery and blowing sand from boardwalks and sidewalks.
For his efforts at keeping the state park a pleasant place for more than a million visitors each year, Neiderlander will receive a 2014 North Carolina’s Governor’s Volunteer Service Award. The honor will be presented today during a meeting of the Dare County Board of Commissioners.
Park staff who nominated Neiderlander said his smile and friendly attitude garnishes his volunteerism. “Mr. Neiderlander’s commitment to showing up every morning during the week and cleaning the grounds is very much appreciated and not taken for granted,” the nomination reads. “He has also helped, every step of the way, with a long-term project between the park and the N.C. Coastal Federation involving creating an oyster reef and creating and maintaining a shoreline restoration area on the soundside of the park.”