For the Next Several Days, Expect Thunderstorms and Locally Heavy Rain
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Temporary North Rim Road Closures Due to Galahad Fire Began May 29
As of Thursday May 29, two road closures are in effect for public and firefighter safety. W4 road is closed from FS268B road south to Pont Sublime. W1 road is closed from W4 to western end of the Basin. More »
New Deputy Superintendent Selected for Grand Canyon National Park
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
"We are very excited that Diane will be joining the Grand Canyon team," said Superintendent Uberuaga. "She brings a tremendous amount of national experience and leadership to the table, particularly in the areas of communicating with and educating the public about the parks. She is clearly dedicated to the National Park Service mission and is a proven leader in the National Park Service."
A native of suburban Cleveland, Ohio, Chalfant has previously worked in six national park units, including Yellowstone and Cuyahoga Valley National Parks, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Independence National Historical Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, and Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial.
"I have been a lifelong visitor to the Grand Canyon, said Chalfant. "Like so many others, I have been humbled and inspired by its beauty, culture, and grandeur. It will be an honor and a privilege to work with the park staff, neighboring tribes and partners to protect and help the public enjoy this very special place that means so much to so many people."
Chalfant's husband, Paul, is a Concessions Management Specialist in the NPS Washington Headquarters. He will continue his work with the Washington office, but will move to the Grand Canyon with Diane. Their daughter, Danielle, and son-in-law, Greg, work in Yellowstone National Park; and their son, Marc, is in graduate school at Colorado State University.
"My husband Paul and I are excited about our upcoming move and are thrilled to be joining the Grand Canyon community."
Did You Know?
The more recent Kaibab limestone caprock, on the rims of the Grand Canyon, formed 270 million years ago. In contrast, the oldest rocks within the Inner Gorge at the bottom of Grand Canyon date to 1.84 billion years ago. Geologists currently estimate the age of Earth at 4.5 billion years.