Senate Approves Jarvis as Head of National Park Service
Jon Jarvis, a 30-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), is the new director of the NPS, confirmed Thursday (Sept. 24) by the U.S. Senate, according to the Central Valley Business Times, Stockton, Calif.
Jarvis had 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.
"America's National Park System is a gift from past generations to this and succeeding generations. I look forward to working with (Interior Secretary Ken) 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," Jarsis said.
Jarvis has served as superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Ashford, Wash., 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.