Angela Wetz Named Superinendent Of Nicodemus NHS
Angela Wetz, currently chief of resource management at Devil’s Tower NM, has been selected as the new superintendent of Nicodemus NHS. Wetz began this new assignment on January 13th.
“Nicodemus is a complicated park where much of the story being interpreted comes from the descendants who continue to live within the township," said Mike Reynolds, regional director for Midwest Region. "Angela’s background working with people who live and work in protected lands and her ability to seek out and develop new partnerships will prove invaluable as she takes on this leadership position. Her experience in interpretation, cultural, and resource management will serve her in protecting this important historical site as well as helping to tell the story of African Americans and their historic role in America’s agrarian legacy. We welcome Angela to the Midwest Region management team.”
Wetz began her federal career in 1999 with the BLM as a park ranger at Pompey’s Pillar National Monument in south central Montana. She moved on to the BLM’s North Dakota Field Office in Dickinson in 2003 as a biological technician (SCEP), then became a natural resource specialist for the agency in 2004. In 2010, Wetz transferred to Canyon Ferry, Montana, before coming to the NPS in 2011 in her current position.
“I am honored to be selected as the superintendent of Nicodemus National Historic Site,” Wetz said of this new opportunity. “I look forward to working with the staff, park partners, and the surrounding communities to continue the mission of protecting and preserving the site’s remarkable cultural significance.”
While at Devil’s Tower, Wetz actively sought and retained partnerships within the park through American Conservation Experience (ACE) conservation intern program, the Devil’s Tower Natural History Association, Student Conservation Association, Tribal Youth Conservation Corps, and the Interagency Northeast Wyoming Sustainability Group. Wetz improved the safety and sustainability programs at Devil’s Tower to integrate them into the culture of how business is done. She also initiated and implemented the climbing resource management program to control exotic plants and monitor vegetation and wildlife on the tower.
A Montana native, Wetz earned her bachelor of science in natural resource recreation and tourism from Colorado State University in 2004. Subsequently, she graduated from the NPS Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership (GOAL) Academy in 2012. Wetz and her daughter Elizabeth, 5, love to hike, fish, travel, and be active in their community.