Over 350 Coalition Members Sign Letter to Secretary Zinke Against Oil and Gas Development Around National Parks

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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The Honorable Ryan Zinke
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW Washington, DC 20240

Dear Secretary Zinke:

We, the undersigned, are former employees of the National Park Service (NPS) and active members of the Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks (Coalition). As a group, the Coalition represents more than 35,000 years of national park management experience. We have devoted our careers to serving the American people and protecting places like Glacier, Grand Canyon, and Zion National Parks. We are writing out of concern for the alarming number of oil and gas proposals that are advancing next to national parks, as well as broader efforts by the Interior Department to reduce protections for national parks in order to encourage oil and gas drilling.

National parks represent the best of America. They protect our grandest canyons and tallest peaks, shelter wildlife species – like bison, grizzly bear and bald eagle – that are intertwined with our national identity, and preserve the visible record of our nation’s diverse and colorful past. In our increasingly busy and complex world, national parks are where we go to refresh our spirits and bear witness to the awe-inspiring beauty of nature and the perseverance of our ancestors and others who traveled before us.

As former land managers, we understand the need to balance competing priorities. But we fear the pendulum is swinging too far to the side of development. In recent months, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has proposed oil and gas leases adjacent or in close proximity to several national parks, including Zion National Park, Dinosaur National Monument, Capitol Reef National Park, Chaco Culture National Historical Park, Hovenweep National Monument, and Fort Laramie National Historic Site. Additionally, the BLM has decided not to prepare several “master leasing plans” (MLPs) in Utah, which were intended to help protect nearby national parks from the adverse impacts of future oil and gas activity.

We know from years of experience that people come to national parks with certain expectations. They expect pristine views of snow-capped mountains and rivers running through deep-bottomed canyons. They expect to see herds of bison and elk and the occasional bear or wolf. They expect dark night skies and peace and quiet in the companionship of friends and family. But they do not expect national parks that are surrounded by oil and gas rigs, shrouded in haze, and disrupted by noise from industrial activity. There are places where oil and gas development is entirely appropriate. But rarely do those places include the lands that surround our national parks.

In 2008, the BLM sold several oil and gas leases next to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in Utah. It was a rushed exercise, and NPS was not consulted until late in the process. A federal court halted the leases, because of the grave threat to the national parks, and an internal review conducted by a veteran BLM/NPS leadership team recommended a series of changes to BLM’s leasing program designed to avoid similar conflicts in the future. Those recommendations were largely adopted, and are achieving their goals. Master Leasing Plans (MLP’s) are reducing conflicts across the West, including around Arches and Canyonlands, and a new leasing process has created a vehicle for identifying and resolving NPS concerns for leases proposed near national parks. MLP’s prevent irreparable damage to park resources and avoid costly litigation, while allowing appropriate levels of oil and gas development to occur

Our national parks are not meant to be islands in seas of development. For this reason, we ask that you avoid issuing any oil and gas leases near our national parks, including the parks identified in paragraph 3 above. There are many other places on our public lands where industry can pursue oil and gas leasing without threatening the majestic scenery, wildlife, visitor experience, and dark night skies that make our national parks such special places.

In closing, we appreciate that oil and gas leasing on federal lands near national parks is a nationally important activity that must be well planned and managed in order to ensure there is an appropriate balance between energy development and resource conservation. We ask that you continue to uphold the policies that were adopted following the 2008 lease sale in Utah. Those polices, which include the Master Leasing Plan policy, are protecting our national parks, while reducing conflicts with proposed oil and gas development.

Thank you very much for your consideration.

Sincerely,

The Coalition to Protect America’s National Parks Executive Council:

Maureen Finnerty, Chair of Executive Council, Superintendent at Olympic and Everglades National Parks, 31 years

Philip A. Francis, Jr., Vice Chair of Executive Council, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway, 30+ years

Brenda Barrett, Director of Recreation and Conservation at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 30+ years

Maria Burks, Commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor, Golden Gate NRA (district ranger), Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP (superintendent), the NPS Office of the Director (special assistant, Vail Agenda) and Cape Cod NS (superintendent), 39 years

Mark A. Butler, Superintendent, Joshua Tree NP, Project Management Division Chief, Yosemite NP, 38 years

David M. Graber, Chief Scientist for the Pacific West Region of NPS, 40 years

Donald J. Hellmann, Assistant Director for Legislative and Congressional Affairs for the National Park Service, 40 years

Douglas K. Morris, Superintendent at Saguaro and Shenandoah National Parks, 40 years

Michael B. Murray, Superintendent of the Outer Banks Group, 34 years

Richard Ring, Associate Director of NPS, Park superintendent at: Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and Everglades & Dry Tortugas National Parks 26 years

Sheridan Steele, Superintendent at: Acadia National Park, Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP, Curecanti National Recreation Area, Rocky Mountain NP (Deputy) and Fort Scott National Historic Site, 38 years

Katherine H. Stevenson, Associate Director Business Services, 40 years

 

Cordell J. Roy, Utah State Coordinator, 42 years

Tom Vaughan, Superintendent of Chaco Culture National Historic Park, 23 years

Tony Bonanno, Regional Chief Ranger, Intermountain Region, Retired, 32 years

Michael Sutton, former Ranger, Virgin Islands National Park

Mark D Flora, Chief, Planning &Evaluation Branch, Water Resources Division, 30 years

Philip Brueck, Deputy Superintendent, SE Utah Group, Deputy Regional Director, Northeast Region

Keith B. Dunbar, (retired) Chief of Park Planning and Environmental Compliance, Pacific West Region, 35 years

Walter J Chavez, Superintendent, San Juan National Historic Site, 42 years

Katherine C. Ziegenfus, Management Analyst at the Denver Service Center, 37 years

Joan Anzelmo, Superintendent Colorado National Monument; Park Spokesperson Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks, 35 Years

George E. Buckingham, Chief Ranger Bryce Canyon, Crater Lake National Parks, (Retired), 35 years

John Freemuth. seasonal, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area 1979-80, author of Islands Under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats

Mark Motsko, Worked at at Denali, Theodore Roosevelt, Crater Lake, Great Smoky Mountains and Yellowstone National Parks, 32 years

Debra Levie, Park Ranger at Independence National Historic Park, 4 years

Philip Heckman, Administrative Officer at Rocky Mountain National Park 32 years

J. W. Wade, Superintendent Shenandoah National Park, 32 years

Sharon Paris, Park Ranger at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, 7 years

Michael Wurm, Volunteer Program Manager, Lowell National Historical Park, 33 years

Delora M. Loope, Aquatic Ecologist at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 13 years

Don Castleberry, Regional Director, Midwest Region, Omaha NE, Associate Director, Operations, Washington DC, 32 years

Kent Cave, Supervisory Park Ranger Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 34 years

Thomas W. Griffiths, Asst. Supt., Ozark National Riverways, Chief Ranger, Denali National Park and Preserve, 35 years

John Jameson, Senior Archaeologist at the Southeast Archeological Center, 25 years

Linda Finn, Planner, Harpers Ferry Center, 25 years

George Oviatt, chief natural resources, Buffalo National River, 27 years

Richard B. Smith, Assoc. Reg. Director, Resources Mgmt., 31 years

Barbara J. (“BJ”) Griffin, Superintendent of Yosemite and Manager, Presidio of San Francisco, 34 years

Ray W. “Skip” Snow, Wildlife Biologist at Everglades National Park, 38.

Warren E Bielenberg, Chief, Education and Visitor Services, Midwest Regional Office, 34 years

Dave Forney, Superintendent at Upper Delaware Scenic & Rec River, 33 years

Gary E. Davis, Science Advisor, Channel Islands Natiional Park, 50 years

B. Riley McClelland, Research Biologist – Wildlife, Glacier National Park, 37 years

Paul Stevens, Chief Park Ranger, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 30 years

Dr. Jerry Freilich, Research Coordinator at Olympic National Park, 23 years

John Hunter, Museum Curator at Washington Office

Larry Walling, Former Chief, Transportation Division, Denver Service Center

Gilbert Soper, Chief Park Ranger Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 35 years

Jane C. Anderson, Deputy Fee Manager, 34 years

Phil Francis, Former Park Superintendent 41 years

Max Old Bear, Park Ranger at Isle Royale National Park, Everglades National Park, Mt. Rainier National Park, Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.

Kathy Tonnessen, Ph.D., NPS Research Coordinator, Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit, University of Montana, 24 years

Bob Reynolds, Superintendent Outer Banks Group, 30 years

Connie Rudd, Superintendent at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area, 35 years.

Donald Falvey, Superintendent, Zion National Park, 28 years

David N Given, Deputy Regional Director, Midwest Region, 32 years

Carolyn Knoll, Park Ranger at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, 4 years

Bruce Craig, Training Coordinator, Mather Training Centre, Chief Resources Management, Gettysburg National Military Park (14 years with the NPS); Director Atlantic Regional Office, National Park Conservation Association (7 years); Executive Director Conference of National park Cooperating Associations (2 years); Executive Director, National Park Trust (3 years)

Bruce Dombrowski, US Nat’l Park Ranger (ret.), Point Reyes National Seashore, 35 years.

Bruce Douglas McKeeman, Superintendent, Herbert Hoover National Historic Site, Deputy Superintendent, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 36 years

Peter K. Nigh, Superintendent, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, 32 years

Dale J., Chief Ranger Lake Mead National Recreation , Chief Ranger Death Valley National Monument, Retired with 33 years

Kate Faulkner, Chief of Natural Resources Management, Channel Islands National Park and Northwest Alaska Areas. 35 years

Bruce Murphy, Trail Foreman, Glacier Park, 7 years.

Edward F. Clark, Chief Ranger (VRP), Big Cypress National Preserve, 21+ years

Bruce Bytnar, District Ranger at The Blue Ridge Parkway, 33 years

Dan Moses, Management Assistant, North Cascades NP, 32 years

Oron L. Bass, Jr Wildlife Biologist at Everglades National Park, 36 years

Roger A. Rudolph, Chief Ranger Yosemite National Park 1986 – 1991

Assistant Superintendent Olympic National Park 1991 – 2002

Carla Louise McConnell, Project Manager (retired), General Architect Denver Service Center, 17 years

Richard Wells, Park Superintendent at Gateway National Recreation Area, 32 years

Steven Gazzano, Supervisory Park Ranger (LE) Cape Cod NS, 34 years.

Allen Bohnert, Chief of Museum Services in Southeast Regional Office, 29 years

Nathan Walker, Cartographic Technician at Mesa Verde National Park, 4 years

Nicholas J Eason, Chief of Resource Management and Visitor Protection, Dinosaur National Monument; Unit Manager, Canyonlands National Park, 30 years

Donald E. Magee, Superintendent, USS Arizona Memorial, 33 years

Mary E. Elms, wife of Wallace Elms-Park Ranger and Superintendent-last Park Carlsbad National Park, I was with him in the NPS 32 years.

Terry Savage, Superintendent of Boston National Historical Park, Superintendent of the Boston support office, 42 years

Gail C Menard, Chief of Administration, Intermountain Regional Office, Santa Fe; Yellowstone National Park, 26 years

Dick Falb, Denver Service Center Planning/Design/Construction Office, 29 years

Denis Davis, Utah State Coordinator, Superintendent Timpanogis Cave National Monument, 37 years

Machelle Davis (Frye), Chief Concessions & Administration Curecanti NRA & Black Canyou National Park, 20 years

Michael Warren, NPS Program lead Structural fire, National Interagency Fire Center, Boise, ID, 35 years

James Hummel, Chief Park Ranger Voyageurs NP and Katmai NP, 37 years

Gary Brandow, Administrative Officer at Glacier National Park, 40 years

William C Walters, Associate to the Director, Washington Office, 15 years

Edwin A. Hession

Robert Yearout, Chief, Concessions Management, Washington Office, 34 years

Jay Eickenhorst, park ranger, partnership liaison, golden gate national recreation area, 36 years

D. Thomas Ross, formerly NPS Assistant Director, Recreation and Conservation

David C. Hartman WASO Park Facility Management Division 42 years

William L. Huie, Recreation Planner at Southeast Regional Office, 31 years

Francis A Ketterson, Chief, Division of Cultural Resources, Midwest Regional Office, Chief, Division of Interpretation, Roosevelt-Vanderbilt National Historic Sites, 36 years

Stephen Petersburg, Natural Resource Specialist, Dinosaur National Monument, 30 years

Bonnie Winslow, Chief Ranger at Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, 22 years

Cherry Payne, Superintendent, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve

Brian R Adams, Chief Ranger at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 30 years

Denis Osowski, Telecommunications Equipment Operator at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 1 year

Luke E Dalton; Chief I&RM Wupatki/Sunset Crater; Interpretive Ranger, Zion

Lynn Jamison, Administrative Officer Chickasaw Nat’l Rec Area, 18 years

Charles Barry Cooper, Superintendent, Aztec Ruins National Monument, 34 years

Laura Rotegard

Larry Henderson, Park Manager at Mount Rainier National Park, Park Superintendent at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 36 years

Tom Wilson, Public Affairs Officer, Washington, D.C. office, 6 years

Bill Jackson, Chief Water Resources Division, 22 years

Joe Abrell, Chief, Resource Management and Science at Great Smoky Mtns NP 30 years

Gary Williams, Chief Office of Inventory, Monitoring, and Evaluation,Washington Office, 17 years

Warren Hill, past Superintendent Niobrara-Missouri National Scenic Riverways; past Associate Regional Director, Operations, Midwest Region

E. Peter Walzer, Supervisory Ranger LE (retired), Gettysburg NMP, 30 years

Ken Phillips, Branch Chief Search and Rescue, 30 years

Sean Smith, Park Ranger at Glacier, North Cascades, and Yellowstone, 5 years

Janis Kozlowski, Park Manager, Alaska Region, 34 years

Dee Renee Ericks, District Ranger, Retired, Olympic National Park, 28 years

Lawrence A Lang, Park Ranger at Olympic National Park, 33 years

Nancy Stone, Superintendent, Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, 33 years

Gilbert E. Blinn, Superintendent, Lassen Volcanic National Park,1985-1997; Superintendent, Badlands National Park, 1979-1986; Superintendent, Katmai National Monument, 1969-1979. 38 year

B. William Henry, Supervisory Park Ranger, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 30 years

Thomas M. Lorig, Park Ranger Interpreter, Dinosaur National Monument, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, 10 years

Tom Patterson, Fire Management Officer and Park Ranger in Joshua Tree National Park, 28 years

Anne Worthington, Superintendent at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, 20 years

Ron Wilson, Chief Ranger in three National Parks.

Michael K. Johnson, Chief Ranger at Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP, 34 years

David A. Clary, Regional Historian, Midwest Region, 10 years

Joseph Collins, Human Resources Manager, Northeast Region, 29 years

Sherry Justus, Chief of Interpretation, Visitor Services and Natural Resources, Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, 25 years

Michael Adlerstein, Associate Regional Director, Northeast Regional Office, 29 years

Peggy Dolinich,Regional Volunteer Program Manager, Pacific West Region, 40 years

Nelson Siler, Park Ranger/Safety Manager at Yellowstone National Park, 32 years

Michael B. Murray, Superintendent of Outer Banks Group, Deputy Superintendent Cape Cod National Seashore, 34 years

Bill Halainen, staff ranger, Ranger Activities Division, Washington Office, management assistant Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, 41 years

Robert Dunnagan, Assistant Superintendent, Mount Rainier National Park, 35 years

Sam Weddle, Chief Ranger at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Mililtary Park and Vicksburg National Military Park, 36 years

Paul B. Cole III, Park Superintendent at Roosevelt Vanderbilt NHS, Park Superintendent at Sandy Hook NRA, 35 years

Joseph Sovcik, Resource Management, Southwest Regional Office, 13 years

Sarah Bransom, Environmental Protection Specialist, Appalachian National Scenic Trail; 32 years

John Howard, Superintendent at Antietam National Battlefield 17 years.

Douglas Stover, Historian at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 32 years

Maryanne Gerbauckas, Associate Regional Director NER, Superintendent Edison NHP , 42 years

Deb Liggett. Superintendent, Lake Clark and Katmai NP and Preserves, 28 years

Charles B Voll, Archaeologist at Southwest Region, 35 years

Stephen W. Hastings

Daniel J. Jenner, Retired Supervisory Park Ranger, Valley Forge Nat’l. Park. 30 years

Thomas A. Cherry, retired law enforcement training manager at Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, 33 years

Jerry Yarbrough, Superintendent Fort Davis Natioal Historic Site, 35 years

Carl S. Christensen, Formerly Chief Park Ranger in the Pacific West Regional Office and Gulf Islands National Seashore, 36 years

William J Carroll, Deputy Superintendent at Cuyahoga Valley National Park and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Amanda Zeman, Cultural Resource Specialist at Grand Canyon & Petrified Forest National Parks, 10 years

James Redford, Law Enforcement Park Ranger at Colonial National Historical Park, 27 years

George Alderson, Student Trainee Park Naturalist at Yosemite National Park and Lava Beds National Monument, 3 years

Sarah Peskin, Chief of Planning and Legislation, North Atlantic Regional Office, 30 years

Douglas DeNio, Registered Prefession Engineer, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Denver Service Center, 20 years

William A. Sanders; Superintendent Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Acting Associate NE Regional Director, NPS Ranger Careers Manager Washington Office, 33 years

Robbyn Jackson, Chief of Cultural Resources and Museum Management at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, Historical Architect at the Pacific West Regional Office; 30.

Gary Johnston, Biologist, Biological Resources Management Division, 28 years

Milford Fletcher, Chief Scientist of Southwest Region, 25 years

Paul Henderson, Assistant Superintendent at Southeast Utah Group, 39 years

Steven D. Harrison, Chief of Resource Management, Carl Sandburg Home NHS and Outer Banks Group, 30 years

Thomas P. Workman, Park Superintendent Cabrillo National Monument, Kalaupapa National Historical Park, 40 years

John Cissell, Superintendent Kennesaw Mountain NBP, 33 years

Jason Tillotson, Park Ranger at Curecanti National Recreation Area, 1 year

Shirley M. Clark, Asst Regional Chef Scientist, Pacific Northwest Regional Office, 30

Roberta Barrows, Park Ranger at Grand Teton National Park, 5 years

Peter E. Baril, Richmond National Battlefield Park, Colonial National Historical Park, 25 years

Jerry L. Rogers, Associate Director for Cultural Resources, 34 years

Brenda Barrett Coordinator National Heritage Areas 8 years

David Shaver, Chief, Geologic Resources Division, 28 years

Albert E. (Gene) Casey, Park Ranger, Mount Rainier National Park, 36 years

John P. Bloom, Editor of historical publications, Washington Office, 4 years

Edward D Carlin, Retired, 42 years

Barry Sullivan, Superintendent Fire Island National Seashore, Superintendent Gateway National Recreation Area, 35 years

Laurel Boyers, Wilderness Ranger/Wilderness Manager at Yosemite National Park, 30 years

John Morris, Interpretive Program Manager in the Alaska Regional Office (retired), 30 years

Tom Haraden, Asst. Chief of Interpretation at Zion National Park, 37 years

Clair A. Roberts, National Park Ranger at Yellowstone, Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and a few more National Parks, 27 years

Richard M. Bryant, retired Chief of Resource Management at Bryce Canyon National Park and Timucuan Ecolological and Historic Preserve, 32 years

David Donohue, Budget Officer, Southwest Region, 30 years

John R. Erisman, Park Ranger at Grand Canyon NP and the C&O Canal NHP, 25 years

James Zinck

David L. Moffitt Assistant Director, Visitor Services, Superintendent, Colonial NHP

Kristin Murphy, Park Guide Intern at Canyonlands National Park, <1 year

Ray Herrmann, leader, cooperative park studies unit, 20 years

Sanford P. Rabinowitch, Park Ranger Subsistence Manager, Alaska Regional Office, 31 years

Craig C. Axtell, Superintendent, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, Bryce Canyon National Park (Retired), 35 years

Larry B. Thomas. Retired from the NPS at Canyonlands National Park

Rick Ernenwein, Planner and Resource Management Specialist, 30 years

Richard A. Rasp, Park Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Redwood National Park, 32 years

Jack Ramsden, Communications Supervisor, Great Smoky Mountains and Crater Lake National Parks, 24 years

Frank J. Deckert, Park Superintendent at Big Bend and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks, 36 years

Scott Sticha, Park Ranger at Grand Canyon Parashant, 32 years

Larry N. Kilborn, Architect at Denver Service Center, 30 years

Tim Harvey, Division Chief, Washington Park Facility Management, 40 years

Jacqueline A. Gonzales, former Park Guide at Manzanar National Historic Site and Interpretive VUA at Cape Cod National Seashore, 5 years

Charles E Schultheis, Chief of Facility Management, Cabrillo National Monument, 36 years

Alfred J. Poole, III, Center Manager, WASO, 17 years

Don Bachman – Seasonal Park Ranger Mt Rainier & Rocky Mountain NP. 6 years

Steve Whitesell, Regional Director National Capital Region, Associate Director Park Planning Facilities and Lands, 37 years

Patrick H. Reed, Superintendent at Mammoth Cave National Park and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, 42 years

E. Macdougall Palmer   (2) Assistant to the Regional Chief Scientist – National Capital Region, Facility Manager – Center for Urban Ecology,   Assistant Superintendent Rock Creek Park, 32 Years (1961 -1993)

Fred J Fagergren, Superintendent, Big Cypress National Preserve and Bryce Canyon National Park, 34 years

Bruce Edmonston, Chief Ranger at Franklin Roosevelt NHS, Lake Roosevelt NRA, 29 yrs NPS.

Richard Hanks, Park Superintendent at Ft Donelson, 35 years

Steve Bruner, Strategic Planner at Yellowstone/Katmai/Lake Clark, 2 years

William O’Donnell, District Interpreter, Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 30 years

William F. Loftus, Ph.D., Fishery Biologist at EVER, 17

Norman D. Hellmers, Superintendent at Lincoln Home NHS, 31 years

O.V. Olsen, Park Ranger at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, IT Specialist in Intermountain Region, 30 years

Warren Lee Brown, Program Manager, Park Planning, Washington Office, 27 years

James Evans, Program Manager, Washington Headquarters Office, 15 years

Leslie Starr Hart, Park Manager, Intermountain Region; Chief, Office of Professional and Employee Development, Denver Service Center, 35 years

Donald Hellmann, Assistant Director, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, 22 years

Maria Abonnel, formerly Chief of Interpretation at Weir Farm National Historic Site and at Fire Island National Seashore, 16 years

Bruce Mac Dougal, Architectural Historian with the National Register in Washington, DC, 8.

Joseph Aull, Administrative Officer, Blue Ridge Parkway, 33 years

Elaine D. Hall, Chief, Legislative and Legal Affairs, Everglades National Park, 24 years

Diane E. Banta, Outdoor Recreation Planner; Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance, 36 years

Rick Jones, Interpretive Planner and Park Ranger, Harper’s Ferry Center, 34 years

Donna Williams, Preservation Planner, NPS HQ, 5 years

Mike Tollefson, retired superintendent, Yosemite National Park, 36 years

Cyndy Holda, Public Affairs Specialist, Retired, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 25 years

John Reed, Deputy Regional Director, No Atlantic Reguon, 2 years

Elizabeth Murray; Budget Technician, Public Affairs Assistant at Yellowstone NP; 10 years

William W. Dunmire, Supt. Carlsbad Caverns & Guadalupe Nat’l Parks, 28 years

Mary Martin, Park Superintendent, 37 years

Bennie C Keel, Regional Archeologist, Southeast Archeological Center, 32 years with NPS

Laura Soullière Gates, Superintendent at Cane River Creole National Historical Park, 39 years

Carol J. Spears, Site Manager, at James A. Garfield National Historic Site and First Ladies National Historic Site, 28 years

Linda A. Towle, Chief of Research & Resource Management (Retired), Mesa Verde National Park, 25 years

M. Susan Hurst, Administrative Officer, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 34 years

Dr. J. Scott Harmon, Historian/Exhibit Planner at Harpers Ferry Center, 24 years

Daniel W. Brown, NPS Retired-36 years, Superintendent, Blue Ridge Parkway, Southeast Deputy Regional Director

Rick Mossman, Acting Superintendent Ft. Laramie NHS, Chief Ranger Wind Cave Nat’l. Park, 36 years

Phillip A. Young, Senior Special Agent at Intermountain Regional Office, 25 years

Carol Kruse, Park Ranger at Flagstaff Area National Monuments, 40 years

Richard Frost, Park Superintendent at Biscayne National Park, 28 years

Elwood Lynn, Assistant Superintendent (retired), Denali National Park and Preserve, 38 years

Edward B. Patrovsky, Park Ranger at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, 10 years

Erik R. Hauge; Planner, Air Resources Division (WASO); 21 years

Robert L Peterson Deputy Regional Director, Alaska Region National Park Service 34 years

Hal Grovert, Associate Regional Director, Intermountain Region, 35 years

Harry A. DeLashmutt, Park Ranger Retired – Everglades, Great Smoky Mt, Mt Rainier, Cape Cod, C&O Canal, Wash. Office – Interior Dpt. 32 years

Gary R Miles, Landscape Architect, Denver Service Center, Rocky Mountain Regional Office , 25 years

Denny Huffman, Park Superintendent at Dinosaur National Monument and Colorado National Monument, 35 years

Vito Spinale, Facilty Management Specialist, Washington Office and Bandelier NM, 37 years.

Rebecca M. Post, National Historic Landmark Coordinator at Intermountain Region, Santa Fe Support Office, 33 years

Carol A. Clark, retired Park Superintendent, Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve, Canaveral National Seashore, Big Cypress National Preserve.

Deryl B Stone Chief Park Ranger (retired) 28 years of service JNEM St Louis

Sam Vaughn, Associate Manager for Interpretive Planning, Harpers Ferry Center, 40 years

David Barna, Chief Spokesman, 38 years

Douglas Troutman, Park Ranger at Yosemite National Park, 7 years

Molly N. Ross, Special Assistant to the Director, Washington, DC, 36 years

Robert Wemple, Engineer Grand Teton National Park, 30 years

Len McKenzie, Deputy Superintendent at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 36 years

David Nathanson   Chief, Branch of library and Archival Services, Harpers Ferry Center, 32 years

David Buccello, Chief Park Ranger, Acadia National Park 30 years

Robert Andrew, Park Ranger, Yosemite National Park, 30 years

Jonathan B Halpern, Chief Environmental Compliance Division, Alaska Regional Office, 10 years

Thomas Smith Seasonal Horse Patrol Ranger, 15 years

David B. Ames, Associate Regional Director Operations, Alaska Region, 33 years

Richard Wells, Superintendent, Gateway National Recreation Area, 32 years

Maria Burks, Commissioner, National Parks of New York Harbor, 39 years

Randi Sue Smith, Curator, Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site, 15; DC Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery Archives Fish & Wildlife, 22 years

Dennis Burnett; Deputy Chief, Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Services, Washington Office; 35 years

Ginny Rousseau; Chief Ranger, Shenandoah National Park; 35 years

Terrence D.Moore, former Chief of Planning and Compliance, Northeast Regional Office, National Park Service, 12, former Executive Director, Pinelands National Reserve, 20 years

Norah Martinez, Chief Ranger at Wrangell St.Elias National Park & Preserve, 33 years

Cherry Payne, Superintendent, Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve, 34 years

Amy Vanderbilt, Going-to-the-Sun Road Communications & Outreach Manager at Glacier National Park, Public Affairs Specialist at Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, 31 years

Donald Bruce Fladmark, Cultural Resources Manager at Glacier National Park, 34 years

James (JD) Swed, Chief Ranger Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, 33 years

Paulette Mullinax Park Ranger on the Blue Ridge Parkway, 7 years

William F. Paleck; Superintendent, North Cascades NPS Complex; Superintendent, Saguaro National Park; 37 years

Richard Knowlen,Supv Park Ranger at Hot Springs National Park, 30 years

Erin K. Broadbent, Superintendent at Kings Mountain National Military Park, 33 years

James Zinck, superintendent, 37 years

Russell P. Smith, Superintendent, First State National Historical Park, 42 years

Rodney L. Danner, Chief, Park Ranger at Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, 32 years

D. Scott Hartwig, Supervisory Park Historian at Gettysburg National Military Park, 34 years

Denton McCulloughbun

William Jackson, Chief Water Resources Diviion, 22 years

Dr. Dennis H. Bartow Park Ranger Naturalist Yellowstone National Park 1970; 50+ yrs biologist & environmental educator

Steven D. Bone, Superintendent at Bandelier National Moument, 35 years

Ronald A. Wilson, Chief Ranger, Management Assistant

Oron L. Bass, Jr. Wildlife Biologist at Everglades National Park, 36 years.

Kenneth E. Apschnikat, Superintendent at Abraham Lincoln National Historical Park, 34 years

Gary Johnson, Chief, Division of Resource Planning and Professional Services at Blue Ridge Parkway, 36.

Carol D. Shull, Interim Keeper of the National Register of Historic Places, Chief of National Historic Landmarks Survey

Sandra Hamilton, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Quality Division, 12 years

Patricia A. Dantona, IT Specialist Northeast Regional Office, 15 years

Robert White ,District Ranger, Kings Canyon National Park , 34 years

Frank Hastings, Superintendent at San Juan National Historical Park, 29.5 years

Maureen Finnerty, Superintendent EVER, 31 years

Pat Grediagin, Chief Ranger Redwood National Park, 28 years

Janet Wise, Deputy Associate Regional Director, Natural Resources, Intermountain Region, 20 years

David J. Parsons; Research Scientist, SEKI, 25 years

Steven Kesselman, Superintendent, Salem Maritime NHS, 27 years

Edwin A. Hession, Archeologist at Interagency Archaeological Services-Atlanta, 7 years

David Graber, Chief Scientist for the Pacific West Region, 34 years.

Stephanie Gibert, Park Ranger at Great Smoky Mtn. Nat. Park, 7 years

Timothy J. Oliverius, Fire Management Officer at Mesa Verde National Park, 32 years

John Apel, Biologist at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, 39

Ries Collier, Chief Resource Management, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, 17 years

Jim Pepper, Superintendent at Hamilton Grange National Memorial and Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site, 36 years

David H. Wallace, Staff Curator, Historic Furnishing Division, Harpers Ferry Center, 34 years

Nancy A. Nelson, Superintendent of Minute Man National Historical Park; prior position – Special Assistant to 3 Northeast Regional Directors; 35+ years

Florence Six Townsend, Assistant Regional Director, Communications, Midwest Region, 35 years

Gordon Gay, Chief of Interpretation, Chespeake & Ohio Canal NHP, 31 years

Wendy Koelfgen, Environmental Protection Specialist, Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, Park Ranger, Grand Teton National Park, 12 years

Chris Seymour, Park Ranger-Interpretation at Assateague Island National Seashore, 33 years

John P. Debo, Jr., Superintendent Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 33 years

Faye Walmsley, Chief of Interpretation and Public Information Officer at Ozark National Scenic Riverways, 31 years

Joe Finan Superintendent Saratoga National Historical Park, 36 years

Tom Haraden, Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Visitor Services at Zion National Park, 37

R Bruce Edmonston, Chief Ranger, Home of FDR, 31 years.

David D. Thompson Jr. Regional Director, South East Region; Superintendent, Sequoia,Kings Canyon National Park

Roberta D’Amico, Communications, Washington Office

Rebecca M. Post, former National Historic Landmark Coordinator, Intermountain Support Office-Santa Fe, 33 years

Gary R Miles, Landscape Architect, 25 years

Edward Pontbriand

Denis M Osowski, Telecommunications Equipment Operator at Cuyahoga Valley National Park, 1 year

Ann Rasor, Superintendent, Tumacacori NHP, 34 years

Robert Hyde, Finance Chief, Commercial Services, Washington Office, 40 years

James W. Stewart, Assistant Director, Park Planning and New Area Studies Washington Office, National Park Service. 37 years

Thomas E. Lubbert, Supt. BITH, Project Manager at DSC, 36 years

Henry Wilson, Trail Crew at Glacier Nat’l Park, 4 summers

Daniel E Sealy

Thomas W. Kopczyk, Park Ranger, Antietam, 29 years

Paul Stevens, Chief Park Ranger, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, 30 years

Amy Gilbert, Park Ranger at Arlington House, 7 years

Jack Everett Stark, Superintendent Grand Teton National Park, Regional Director North Atlantic Region 35 years

Ernest Quintana, Retired Regional Director Midwest Region, 41 years

Michael Soukup, Ph.D., Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship & Science, 31 years

Janis Kozlowski, park manager, Alaska region, 34 years

Peter C. Fitzmaurice, Chief Ranger, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Retired)

Paul F, Haertel, Superintendent Acadia National Park, Associate Regional Director, Alaska, 41 years

Allyson Mathis, Park Ranger at Grand Canyon National Park, 20 years

D. Scott Hartwig, Supervisory Historian Gettysburg NMP, 34 years

Larry Lee Hakel   Chief Park Ranger at Shenandoah National Park, Superintendent at Petersburg National Battlefield, 30 years

Donald H. Weir, PhD, Chief Ranger – Fire Island N.S., 31 years

Ella S. Rayburn, Cultural Resource Specialist at Steamtown Natl Historic Site, 31 years

William Gibson, Superintendent, Dayton Aviation National Historical Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, 35 years.

Ken Kehrer, Jr.

Steve Gniadek, Wildlife Biologist at Glacier National Park, 23 years

J. Thomas Ritter, Superintendent Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks, Assistant Director Operations Washington DC, 35 years

John Muller, Park Ranger, Glen Canyon N.R.A and Rainbow Bridge, 15 years

Tony Bonanno, Regional Chief Ranger, Intermountain Region, 32 years

James C Roach, Site Manager Eisenhower National Historic Site, Chief I & VS Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site, 35 years

Mark Kelleher, Housing Manager at Grand Teton National Park, 40 years

James Corless, Superintendent (Retired), Keweenaw National Historical Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, 29 years

Alison Robb, Park Ranger at Black Canyon Natl Park, 30 years

Robert Valen

Timothy Manns, Chief of Interpretation & Visitor Services, North Cascades National Park Service Complex, 34 years

Abigail Miller, former Deputy Associate Director, Natural Resource Stewardship and Science, 18 years

Ronald G. Warfield, Park Ranger/Naturalist, Mount Rainier national Park, 30 years

John Bloom, Historian-Editor, Washington Office, 4 years

Nancy Deschu, retired (Regional Hydrologist, Alaska; 30 years NPS)

Paul B. Cole III, Superintendent, Roosevelt Vanderbilt NHS; Superintendent, Sandy Hook/Gateway NRA; 24 years, Superintendent Roosevelt Campobello International Park, 12 years

Barry Sullivan; Superintendent, Fire Island National Seashore; Superintendent, Gateway National Recreation Area.

Larry Frederick, Chief of Interpretation and Education, Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier National Park, Canyonlands National Park, 37 years

James Edward fox, supervisory park ranger at blue ridge parkway, 31 years

Lora Gale, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Park Ranger Hawaii Volcanoes and Lassen Volcanic National Park (15 years)

Robert Whaley, Chief Ranger at St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, 28 years



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