July 23, 2013
Park historian Doug Stover will retire July 31
32 years with the National Park Service, park historian and cultural
resources manager Doug Stover will retire on July 31.
the course of his career, Stover worked in positions of increasing
complexity, and along the way, his career spanned five United States
parks in three regions and included many interesting and unusual
special details in both the U.S. and other countries.
Park Service career includes the Outer Banks Group (Cape Hatteras
National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh
National Historic Site), C&O Canal National Historic Park, National
Capital Parks-East, George Washington Memorial Parkway, Acadia National
Park, White House liaison, and special details ranging from site
manager to landscape architect throughout the National Park System.
has spent the past 13 years with the Outer Banks Group performing a
variety of interesting duties, including diving on the USS Monitor
shipwreck with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a NPS
certified diver, performing archaeological digs at Fort Raleigh NHS
with local universities in search of additional clues to The Lost
Colony, conducting “shipwreck schools” in partnership with the
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum and the U.S. Navy with middle school
and Youth Conservation Corps students.
In addition, he
served as planning section chief on numerous hurricane preparedness
events while serving at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
also worked on several special details for presidential visits and
other high profile special events in parks across the National Park
System, including work with the Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in
Washington, D.C., preserving aquatic waterlilies. His work in
this field took him to the water gardens of the Taj Mahal in India and
the Moroccan Palace, home of the king of Morocco.
to his many contributions to parks across the country, Stover has been
instrumental in a number of key projects for the Outer Banks Group,
including his recent historic and architectural support aspects of the
four-year long renovation project of the famed 1872 Bodie Island
Lighthouse, one of three iconic beacons in Cape Hatteras National
“Doug has a wealth of institutional knowledge
that only experience and dedicated service can acquire. His
remarkable career is filled with many wonderful memories and we wish
him well as he moves forward to new adventures,” said Superintendent
Barclay Trimble. “Doug is known throughout the Park Service as an
outstanding historian and cultural resource specialist. The Outer
Banks Group has truly benefitted from his experience and hard work for
the past 13 years. On behalf of his many Park Service colleagues
throughout the country, we wish Doug well in his retirement.”
retirement from the Park Service, Stover will begin a new consultant
job with the United Nations and World Heritage Sites. Doug and
his family will make their home in Nags Head.
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