National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Patricia Hooks announced the selection of Tim Stone as Superintendent of Cowpens National Battlefield and Ninety Six National Historic Site, South Carolina, both Revolutionary War era parks.
Stone has an extensive career with land management agencies, beginning in 1973 as a member of a 20-person wildland fire crew with the state of Washington on the Olympic Peninsula. After graduating from the University of Washington with a BS in forest resources, he began his career with the National Park Service in 1976 at Yellowstone National Park as a seasonal fire guard on the park’s helitack fire crew.
Stone was also a backcountry ranger in Yellowstone for four years before taking a backcountry ranger position in Alaska at the newly established 9,000,000-acre Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve in 1982. He was one of the first backcountry rangers at the park and helped establish ranger stations in Bettles and Anaktuvak Pass, north of the Arctic Circle.
Stone’s first permanent position with the NPS was at Ft. Necessity National Battlefield as visitor protection and resource management ranger in 1984. Stone’s career has also included a resource management ranger position at Golden Gate NRA in California; chief ranger at Sitka National Historical Park in Alaska; recreational fee program manager for the NPS in the Washington Office; management assistant at Death Valley National Park and most recently, the first full time manager for the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail which runs from the Mexican to Canadian border along the high peaks of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.
He has also served on several special assignments including leading a “pick up” crew during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska in 1989. He represented the NPS on a visit to Albania in 1999 to make recommendations on the management of that country’s first national park.
“Tim brings a wealth of experience in many park disciplines to this position, especially his work with youth programs, volunteers and park partners” said Regional Director Hooks, “ I believe this experience will serve the parks well in continuing to work with the local communities to support the park programs."
Taken from Inside NPS.