Salazar Applauds Senate Confirmation of Jarvis as National Park Service Chief

Portrait Jonathan Jarvis, National Park Service DirectorSecretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on Thursday (Sept. 24) praised the
Senate’s confirmation of Jonathan Jarvis to be director of the National
Park Service. 

 

“This is a great day for the National Park Service and for the American
public,” Secretary Salazar said. “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.

 

From the U.S. Department of the Interior  

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