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North Unit Road Closure
The North Unit Scenic Drive will be closed at the Caprock Coulee parking area while repairs are in progress. Repairs may be delayed because of weather conditions, but are expected to be completed by May 15.
Park Selects New Chief of Administration
Contact: Eileen Andes, 701-623-4466
Margaret (Meg) Schwartz has been selected as the new Chief of Administration at Theodore Roosevelt National Park.She was promoted into her new assignment on March 11 after serving as the park's Budget Analyst for the last eight years.
"We are very pleased to welcome Meg as an official member of the park's management team," said Superintendent Valerie Naylor."She has contributed a huge amount to the success of the park over the past eight years and she will do an excellent job of leading the administrative division."
As Chief of Administration, Meg will coordinate the business services for the park, including budget, finance, contracting, information technology, human resources, property and travel.She will also oversee and assist with the administrative operations at Fort Union Trading Post NHS and Knife River Indian Villages NHS.
Meg began her National Park Service career in 1983 as a Student Conservation Association intern at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico.She also worked two summers there as a seasonal fee collector and gained permanent status as the park dispatcher.She then moved to the Black Hills of South Dakota in 1988 and served in a variety of administrative positions at Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, and Mount Rushmore National Memorial.She came to Theodore Roosevelt as the Budget Analyst in February 2004.
"I'm looking forward to using both old and new skills to provide the North Dakota parks with the best service possible," said Schwartz."Working for the federal government presents special challenges and constant change, but I already know that I have a great group of co-workers who are committed to protecting the parks and serving their visitors.That will make my job much easier!"
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