President Obama has announced the nomination of biologist Jon Jarvis to be the next director of the National Park Service. The 33-year NPS veteran has served as both a park manager and a scientist. Since 2002, Jarvis has been director of the Pacific West region. As regional director, he pushed for increased environmental and financial sustainability standards in the region’s park units. Additionally, Jarvis directed all parks under his authority to be carbon neutral by 2016. Jarvis also coordinated a series of regional scientific workshops on climate change.

Thus far, the President’s selection has been well received by NPS employees and scientists. Many NPS watchers believe that Jarvis can bring an important focus on science and science-based decision making to the nation’s parks at a time when they face the challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss, and many other issues.


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