Zodee Treier/For the Chronicle
Newly appointed manager of Fort Cooper State Park Chris Raby inspects a baby longleaf pine Tuesday after a recent controlled burn the Inverness park. “The controlled burns increase vegetation for forest animals and also help increase the amount of water in the aquifer,” Raby said.
Dream come true

When Chris Raby was 23, he looked at Harry Mitchell and thought, “I want his job.”

At 41, he’s got it.

Mitchell retired as the manager of Fort Cooper State Park on Nov. 1, and Raby stepped into his shoes the very same day. 

In addition to the 710-acre historic site, he manages the 46-mile Withlacoochee State Trail.