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Deso/UCF  Shoreline Project
UCF/ De Soto NAtional Memorial Shoreline Restoration Project

UCF Coastal and Estuarine Ecology Lab

Volunteers Needed for Vital Shoreline Project

Would you like to help the park out with an important event. One that could actually save some of the park's trails and valuable ecosystems. Well if you do please call and sign up to help August 12-13 with the UCF natural shoreline restoration project. That weekend from 9 am to 1 pm Scientist and students from the University of Central Florida Coastal and Estuarine lab in conjunction with De Soto National Memorial Rangers and volunteers will place oyster shell bags and plant mangrove seedling in an effort to stabilize and create new shorelines. With the ever increasing threat of gradual rising seas levels many of the parks trails will be threatened. This project and many like it will potentially help reduce these effects of global climate change on the park. With your help, us as a community will take action and make a stake in preserving one of the areas best preserved and beloved sites. Please call 941-792-0458 or email us at for details
Nathan Souder, Superintendent
Nathan Souder, Superintendent De Soto National Memorial Bradenton Florida

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CONTACTS: Saudia Muwwakkil, National Park Service Communications, 404-507-5612
Nathan Souder, De Soto National Monument, 941-792-0458, ext. 101

Nathan Souder Selected as New Superintendent of
De Soto National Memorial

ATLANTA – National Park Service (NPS) Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin announced that Nathan Souder has been selected as the new superintendent of De Soto National Memorial in Bradenton, FL. Souder has been the acting superintendent there since March and officially begins his new role May 28, 2017.

“Nathan’s deep commitment to public service and civic engagement makes him a great fit for the job,” Austin said. “He brings with him broad experience and sound management skills. Nathan has dynamic employees he will lead in advancing the mission of De Soto National Memorial.”

Souder began his NPS career as a seasonal backcountry ranger in 2001 at Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado. His 16-year tenure with the agency has included assignments with increasing responsibility in legislative and congressional affairs, public affairs, budget, construction project management, and volunteer and youth programs. For the last two years, Nathan served as one of ten Urban Fellows across the country charged with increasing relevancy and collaboration with the National Park Service. As the Urban Fellow for Jacksonville, Florida, he split his time between working at Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve and downtown Jacksonville in City Hall.

“I am truly honored to be trusted with the responsibility of caring for this amazing memorial,” Souder said. “The park’s staff, volunteers and partners form an outstanding team that I am excited to continue working with. Together we will continue to engage with the local community and introduce new audiences to this hidden treasure.”

Souder holds a Bachelor of Science degree in public management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He and his wife Sarah have two children, Elias, 6, and Ethan, 4, who are already fond of Bradenton’s people, beaches and clear water.

De Soto National Memorial commemorates the landing of Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in Florida in 1539 and the first extensive organized exploration by Europeans of what is now the southern United States. The memorial, established in 1948, received nearly 233,000 visitors in 2016 who spent an estimated $13.6 million in local gateway regions while visiting De Soto National Memorial. These expenditures supported 210 jobs and $19.1 million in total economic output in local economies surrounding the park.

Last updated: July 29, 2017