Natural Resource Management
Yellowstone National Park (Idaho, Montana, Wyoming)
Wenk served as the National Park Service Deputy Director of Operations from 2007 through January 2011. During this time, which included a nine-month assignment as acting director (January to September 2009) he steadfastly led the National Park Service through complex and challenging times.
As deputy director, he ensured that NPS managers based land management decisions on sound science and research. He often put both his personal and professional reputations on the line for natural resource protection. Wenk advocated for interagency conservation goals that protect park values and transcend agency boundaries and supported parks' and regions' efforts to resolve complex scientific challenges. He organized the NPS response to catastrophic natural resource events, invasion of exotics, and retention of iconic natural resources. He provided support to address wildlife management, air quality and air tour management, and water rights.