September 25,  2009

Jonathan Jarvis confirmed as National Park Service director

The U.S. Senate yesterday confirmed Jonathan Jarvis as the new director of the National Park Service.

“This is a great day for the National Park Service and for the American public,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said in a media release issued today. “Jon Jarvis is a career professional who has consistently stood up for protection of national parks. He brings great wisdom and three decades of experience to the job.”
Jarvis, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service, has served since
2002 as regional director of the agency’s Pacific West Region, where he was responsible for 54 national parks in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Nevada, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands of Guam, Saipan and American Samoa, as well as a host of NPS community revitalization programs that serve those states.
"America's National Park System is a gift from past generations to this and succeeding generations. I look forward to working with Secretary Salazar, the Congress, our partners, and the extraordinary employees of the National Park Service as we prepare for the next century of stewardship and excellent visitor experiences," Jarvis said today.
Jarvis has served as superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Washington, Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho, and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve in Alaska. A trained biologist, he was also chief of natural and cultural resources at North Cascades National Park. Jarvis is currently the co-leader of the Children in Nature task force with the National Association of State Park Directors.
A native of Virginia, Jarvis has a B.S. in biology from the College of William and Mary and completed the Harvard Kennedy School Executive Program in 2001.

He is also the brother of Destry Jarvis, who represented the Natural Resources Defense Council and The Wilderness Society on the federally appointed committee that attempted – unsuccessfully --to negotiate a long-range ORV management plan for the seashore.

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To read more about his confirmation hearing in a Senate committee, go to:

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