Superintendent Fortmann Appointed to Regional Leadership Council
Contact: Greg Shine, Chief Ranger & Historian, 360.816.6231
VANCOUVER, WA - Tracy Fortmann, Superintendent at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, has been appointed to the Regional Leadership Council for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service.
The focus of the council is to assist the Regional Director with defining and communicating a vision of program excellence for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service and with developing and implementing the strategies to realize that vision and to ensure that the superb quality of park resources and values is left unimpaired. Through roles of leadership, planning, and management, the council creates and communicates a vision for the Pacific West Region that provides a clear sense of purpose and direction for the parks and central offices, and establishes the strategic directions, priorities, and desired outcomes for National Park Service operations throughout the region.
The Pacific West region spans 106 degrees across the globe, and preserves and protects 58 spectacular national parks as far west as American Samoa and as far east Saipan. In between, there are Pacific West park units in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, northwestern Arizona, and Guam, and regional office locations in San Francisco, Honolulu, and Seattle.
As a council member, Fortmann will represent all national parks within the Pacific West Region's vast North Coast and Cascades Network (NCCN), including Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park, North Cascades National Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, San Juan Island National Historical Park, and Ebey's Landing National Historical Reserve.
"The Pacific West Regional Leadership Council helps the Regional Director with defining and communicating a vision of program excellence for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service and with developing and implementing the strategies to realize that vision and to ensure that the superb quality of park resources and values is left unimpaired," said Chip Jenkins, Deputy Regional Director. "We are pleased to have Tracy as a new member of the RLC representing the parks in Western Washington and Oregon."
"I am deeply honored by this appointment," said Fortmann. "I consider it a highlight of my career in public service to be chosen to help craft the future of such an important network of national parks." Fortmann will serve in this critical leadership role concurrently with her duties as superintendent at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site and other leadership roles, including serving as lead working with the Pacific West Region Visitor and Resource Protection Ranger Advisory Committee.