Overview of Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Facts About Golden Gate National Recreation Area,
Muir Woods National Monument,
Fort Point National Historic Site
Park SummaryGolden Gate National Recreation Area, Muir Woods National Monument, and Fort Point National Historic Site are managed by a General Superintendent and a shared Senior Staff. The legislative boundary of Golden Gate is 80,000 acres in the counties of San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo, and includes much land managed by California State Parks, Marin Municipal Water District and San Francisco Public Utility Commission.
General Info About the Park
Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) was established by Congress in 1972 to offer a national park experience to a diverse urban population, while preserving and interpreting the park's outstanding natural, historic, scenic, and recreational values. One of the largest urban parks in the world, GGNRA welcomes over 17 million visitors a year. The park is as diverse as it is expansive; it contains attractions such as Alcatraz Island, Crissy Field, the Marin Headlands and Rancho Corral de Tierra. GGNRA also includes significant historical and natural resources and houses the largest museum collection in the National Park Service. Over half of North American avian species and nearly one third of California's plant species are found in the park.
Acreage (gross area acres legislated):
80,624 (of which 20,000 are managed by NPS)
Visitation (including all three park units, excluding the Presidio):
NPS Director Jonathon B. Jarvis
Jonathan B. Jarvis began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 as a seasonal interpreter in Washington, D.C. Today, he manages that agency whose mission is to preserve America's most treasured landscapes and cultural icons.
Jarvis's 37-year career has taken him from ranger to resource management specialist to park biologist to superintendent of parks such as Craters of the Moon, North Cascades, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Mount Rainier. Before being confirmed as the 18th Director of the National Park Service on September 24, 2009, Jarvis served as regional director of the bureau's Pacific West Region.
Today, he is responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and 401 national parks that attract more than 280 million visitors every year who generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.
For more information on Director Jarvis, visit the link here.
Pacific West Regional Director Christine Lehnertz
Chris Lehnertz oversees the Pacific West Region, which spans 106 degrees across the globe and preserves and protects 58 spectacular national parks as far west as American Samoa and as far east as Saipan. In between, there are Pacific West park units in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, western Montana, northwestern Arizona and Guam. The Pacific West Region also is instrumental in working with a variety of community assistance partnership programs.
Prior to serving as Regional Director, Lehnertz was Deputy Superintendent at Yellowstone National Park. She has also served as acting Associate Director for Cultural Resources in the National Park Service's office in Washington DC.
Before arriving at the National Park Service, she spent 16 years working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Primarily working under the Clean Water Act, she also served in other program areas including multiple compliance and enforcement program areas, tribal assistance grants, and global climate change. A federal employee since 1989, she has worked at posts in Colorado, Wyoming, and Washington DC, and is currently stationed in Oakland, Calif.
Superintendent Frank Dean
He has over 30 years of experience working in the National Park Service with several stints in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. His first National Park Service position was as a park ranger on Alcatraz, Baker Beach and the Marin Headlands. In 1999, he briefly served as Acting Deputy Superintendent at Golden Gate focusing on the conversion of Fort Baker from military post to park.
His NPS career began in 1976 when he accepted a position as a ranger in Golden Gate National Recreation Area – serving at this national park in three distinct assignments he continued on to several leadership roles.
Dean served in upstate New York since 2002, starting as Superintendent of Saratoga National Historical Park and transitioned into the Executive Director of Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor position. He was named chief of the Centennial Coordination and Planning Office in Washington D.C. in 2008. In addition he is the acting chief of the National Park Service Partnership Office that was established by the late General Superintendent for Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Brian O'Neill.
George "Doc" Miles/NPS
Deputy Superintendent Aaron Roth
Aaron Roth is the Deputy Superintendent and Chief of Business Management for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and a member of the Healthy Food for the Parks team.
He has worked with the National Park Service since 2004, working first as a Business Management Specialist for the Intermountain Region and moved to Golden Gate National Recreation Area in October of 2007. Roth has been Deputy Superintendent of GGNRA since May of 2010 and is an alumni of University of Colorado, Boulder and University of Virginia.
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Did You Know?
GGNRA owns two of these rare, wood-frame shacks, built in 1906 to shelter survivors of the famous San Francisco earthquake. Now located at the Presidio, these shacks once comprised 24 city blocks and at peak occupancy, housed a total of 16,448 refugees.