A Warm Day Friday with Light Winds
Expect breezy southwest winds this weekend as a cold front moves north of the Grand Canyon region. Maximum temperatures cool to seasonal normals from Sunday through Wednesday. More »
Bat Tests Positive for Rabies in Grand Canyon National Park
Public Health Alert, October 2014: A bat recently removed from an area along the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park has tested positive for rabies. Any persons having physical contact with bats in the park, please follow this link. More »
INTERMOUNTAIN NEWS RELEASE: David Uberuaga Named New Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
DENVER – Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels today announced that Mount Rainier Superintendent David Uberuaga has been named Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park. Uberuaga will begin his duties in mid-July.
"I am extremely pleased that we have someone of Dave's character, experience and ability at Grand Canyon National Park," Wessels said. "He has all the skills necessary to take on the many complex issues that are part of managing a park the size and stature of Grand Canyon."
Uberuaga is currently the Superintendent of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state, a post he has held for the past 9 years. During that time he served for more than a year as Acting Superintendent of Yosemite National Park. He has spent 37 years in federal service and has been with the National Park Service since 1984.
"I am humbled to have been selected as Superintendent at Grand Canyon," Uberuaga said. "I look forward to working with the park staff, the many stakeholders who care so deeply about the park, and the local community. Grand Canyon National Park is a truly spectacular place, one that has inspired people around the world."
Uberuaga has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Idaho. Among his many awards, he is the recipient of the National Parks Conservation Association's Stehpen Tyng Mather Award for promoting environmental preservation in parks; the Department of Interior Cooperative Conservation Award; and the Department of Interior Superior Service Award. In 2008, he was named Federal Land Manger of the year by the Department of Interior.
Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, he and his wife Barbara have three grown children, Mark, Michelle and Amy.
Did You Know?
There are approximately 1,737 known species of vascular plants, 167 species of fungi, 64 species of moss and 195 species of lichen found in Grand Canyon National Park. This variety is largely due to the 6,000 foot elevation change from the river up to the highest point on the North Rim. More...