National Lakeshore Superintendent Dillon to Retire
INDIANA DUNES NATIONAL LAKESHORE: Costa Dillon, Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will retire from federal service on August 26, 2013 after more than 35 years with the National Park Service (NPS).
Costa began his career as a seasonal ranger at Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho. He considers himself fortunate to have worked in the era of "generalist" rangers where his duties included law enforcement, emergency medical services, interpretation, and resource management. He remembers that it was not unusual to spend one day on backcountry patrol, the next day giving school programs, and the following day collecting entrance fees in the morning and fixing fences in the afternoon. Costa's career included work in the Washington headquarters of the National Park Service and in ten states from New York to California.
Costa cites these accomplishments as highlights of his six years as superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:
Among the awards the park has received during Costa's tenure are:
Costa's career includes assignments as Superintendent of Homestead National Monument of America, Nebraska; Superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore, New York; Superintendent of the Horace M. Albright Training Center, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona; and as a park ranger at Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho; Cabrillo National Monument, California; Independence National Historical Park, Pennsylvania; Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, Pennsylvania; Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico; Gettysburg National Military Park, Pennsylvania; Eisenhower National Historic Site, Pennsylvania; Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, Arizona; and Santa Monica Mountains, California.
"In 35 years, I've never been bored," says Costa. "In what other job could I have had the opportunity to work in the same place where Thomas Jefferson worked, collar caribou, arrest drug dealers, lead children's education programs on the Gettysburg battlefield, live on the Navajo Reservation, raft the Grand Canyon, watch the New Year's Eve 2000 fireworks from the Statue of Liberty, teach interpretation in Guam, drive a snowplow, rappel into caves, snorkel in Hawaii, design and write park exhibits, be an Emergency Medical Technician, fight wildfires, kayak in Lake Michigan, and ride horses?"
Costa's awards include the Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award and Superior Service Award, Secretary of the Interior's Award for Long-Term Achievement in Diversity , the National Park Service Sequoia Award for Excellence in Interpretation, the National Association for Interpretation's Meritorious Service Award , the National Parks Conservation Association's Stephen Mather Award for Outstanding Resource Stewardship, four Department of the Interior Unit Citations for Excellence of Service, and President of his class at the Federal Law Enforcement Academy.
For additional information, contact public information officer Bruce Rowe at 219-395-1609 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Did You Know?
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore has more than 1,135 native plant species distributed over six plant communities. Among all the national parks in the United States, it ranks seventh in plant diversity. This is an amazing feat for 15,000+ acres.