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Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, 202-619-7177
WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) has named Chris Stubbs, an experienced resource manager, Superintendent of Monocacy National Battlefield, Md. He begins his assignment today, Nov. 28.
Since 2009, Stubbs has served as Chief of Resources Management at Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park (D.C., Md., W.Va.) where he worked with colleagues to complete the park’s foundation document, which describes the park’s purpose and significance and guides management decisions. In that role, he was responsible for protecting one of the NPS’s largest collections of historic structures and the nationally significant biodiversity of the Potomac Gorge. Stubbs worked closely with the park’s friends group, the C&O Canal Trust, to advance the award-winning Canal Quarters program. He also served as acting Chief of Interpretation at C&O Canal and acting Superintendent at Manassas National Battlefield Park, Va.
“The battle at Monocacy saved the capital and may have changed the course of American history,” Regional Director Bob Vogel said. “In his new role, Chris will apply his experience and his commitment to partnerships, preservation and providing meaningful experiences for people to ensure that Monocacy’s stories, and this special place, remain relevant to modern Americans and visitors from around the world.”
Stubbs will further a comprehensive effort to improve people’s access to the park’s historic and commemorative features. Currently, different areas of the park are fragmented by roads, railroads and rivers, and the goal is to improve how people experience and move around the park and to expand opportunities to experience the Monocacy River.
Stubbs began his land management career in 1992 with the Bureau of Land Management in Battle Mountain, Nev., where he assisted in the planning and management of 10 million acres of the Great Basin desert ecosystem. He joined the NPS in 1997 as a Natural Resource Specialist with the Mojave National Preserve, Calif. He has worked in planning, compliance and partnership development at Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (Ky., Tenn.) and Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park, Va.
“Monocacy is a small park with expansive stories—from the Native Americans who lived here 10,000 years ago, to the Civil War and today—we have an exciting opportunity to tell an inclusive story in a moving and beautiful place,” Stubbs said. “I look forward to working with the community and the park’s friends group to preserve this very special park and to be a good neighbor and creative collaborator.”
Stubbs was born and grew up in Charlottesville, Va., where he attended the University of Virginia and received a bachelor of arts in government and foreign affairs. He earned a master of science in forestry with a concentration in outdoor recreation planning at Virginia Tech.
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