Partial Closure on Horn Island
Small portion of Horn Island, Mississippi, closed to entry due to discovery of asbestos and possible other bio hazards. Click on more for map and press release. More »
Shorebirds Nesting Near Roads - 20 mph
Shorebirds are nesting near roads and cross the road regularly. Observe posted speed limits and be alert for tiny birds on the roads. Last year 155 birds were killed on park roads, help us reduce the mortality rate of these beautiful birds and go slow.
Gulf Islands Announces New Deputy Superintendent
Contact: Dan Brown, 850-934-2604
Gulf Islands National Seashore Announces New Deputy Superintendent
Steven McCoy, recently superintendent at Fort Donelson National Battlefield and National Cemetery in Tennessee, was selected to serve as the deputy superintendent for Gulf Islands National Seashore, headquartered in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He assumed this new assignment on June 18th, replacing Nina Kelson, who retired from Federal service on June 1, 2012.
"The breadth of Steve's experience, especially his successes in building internal and external partnerships as well as his ability to gain consensus on management issues for the parks he has served, make him an ideal choice to assist in the development of the future of Gulf Islands," said Superintendent Daniel R. Brown.
McCoy began his NPS career in 1981 serving as a park technician at Stones River National Battlefield and has worked at ten other parks from Alaska to the Everglades, including a previous tour at Gulf Islands National Seashore. He has worked in all disciplines of park operations, ranging from resource management and science, visitor and resource protection, resource education and visitor services, administration and management to campground operations and firefighting. He became superintendent at Fort Donelson in 2004.
McCoy completed a detail as superintendent of Cumberland Island National Seashore in 2008 and served on multiple work groups and teams both at the national and regional levels.
While at Fort Donelson, McCoy focused on battlefield preservation and boundary expansion, doubling the size of the park. He replaced educational interpretive media throughout the park, added exhibits for newly acquired lands, the visitor center and multiple historic structures, and expanding community outreach and education programs. Multiple planning efforts were conducted and vision documents were created to guide management of the park through the Civil War Sesquicentennial and into the future.
"What an exciting opportunity to be involved in the management of Gulf Islands National Seashore," said McCoy. "I am thrilled to be returning to the Gulf Coast. I look forward to working with park staff and partners to craft and implement the park's vision."
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Did You Know?
Because of the tropical-like conditions, the U. S. Army established the Cat Island War Dog Training Camp in south Mississippi during World War II. A variety of dog breeds were trained to guard, deliver messages, and attack the enemy. Cat Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore.