President Obama nominates Jonathan Jarvis to lead U.S. National Park Service

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From the Jackson Hole News & Guide (Cory Hatch):

Conservationists and National Park Service veterans alike have hailed President Barack Obama’s pick for Park Service director as a visionary who will protect resources while reaching out to a younger generation. Obama announced the nomination of Jonathan Jarvis on Friday.

Over his 30-year career, Jarvis worked his way up the ranks from a seasonal ranger to director of the agency’s Pacific West Region. If confirmed, Jarvis would follow Bush appointee Mary Bomar. The nomination comes as the Park Service faces challenges that include a multibillion-dollar maintenance backlog and operational budget shortfalls. Divisive issues such as the appropriate role of snowmobiles in Yellowstone and the regulation of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon also face him.

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