Smokies Park Superintendent Announces Retirement
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Dale Ditmanson, Great Smoky Mountains National Park Superintendent, announced his decision to retire on January 3, 2014 from 36 years with the National Park Service. He has served in the Smokies as Superintendent since May of 2004 and led the park through a variety of challenging projects along with celebrations including the Park’s 75th Anniversary in 2009.
“Working in the Smokies has been an honor and I look forward to continuing that work over the next 4 months,” said Ditmanson. “Our new Deputy Superintendent, Patty Wissinger, came on board this week and I have every confidence that our staff will continue to provide excellence in service as they care for this special place.”
Did You Know?
There are at least 30 different species of salamanders in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This gives the Smokies the distinction of having the most diverse salamander population anywhere in the world and has earned the park the nickname “Salamander Capital of the World.” More...