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Lee Taylor, a 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, has been selected to serve as Olympic National Park's next Deputy Superintendent. Taylor is currently the Superintendent of San Juna Island National Historical Park, where she has served for the past three years.
Prior to that, she worked for 11 years at Mount Rainier National Park, overseeing the park's interpretation, education, and volunteer programs. Taylor began her career as a student intern in 1984 at Yosemite National Park and presented or managed interpretation and education programs at seven other parks from Alaska to Virginia before arriving at Mount Rainier in 2001.
"I am very pleased to have Lee join our staff and community," "Lee is a proven leader with a strong background in both park operations and the Pacific Northwest," said Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.
Olympic National Park was established in 1938 and protects 922,651 acres, nearly 95 percent of which is designated wilderness. Over 200 employees help protect and maintain the park's resources, and provide services and facilities for over 3 million visitors each year. Taylor will join the park staff in her new position in mid-September.
"Olympic National Park, with its mountains, coastline, old-growth forest and human history, is a spectacular place," said Taylor. "I am excited to work with the park's staff and partners to help manage and protect it for future generations."
Taylor will fill the position formerly held by Todd Suess, who was named Superintendent of Mojave National Preserve earlier this year.