Welcome to the Pacific West Region

Let me tell you why I have the best job in the world. I work with gifted and extraordinarily committed employees—about 3,000.  We are working hard to retain and create accessible and enjoyable yet preserved parks, for the nearly 50 million annual park visitors to parks in these states and islands.  I learn every day to value your opinion, the public, as we manage and adjust to the challenges of our modern society within the context of balancing the preservation and enjoyment of our park resources.

How does a regional office work?  We are a staff of 22 with expertise in management.  The Deputy Regional Director is located in Seattle.  Three Associate Regional Directors—one for Park Operations and Education, one for Administration and Professional Services, and one for Resource Stewardship and Park Partnerships—and one Assistant Regional Director for Communications are located in San Francisco as in the regional budget and personnel office.

The Associate Regional Director for Administration and Professional Services oversees a Human Resources, Budget, Fiscal, and Equal Opportunity staffs.  The Associate Regional Director for Park Operations and Education oversees the multiple activities of park operations including rangers, education, and the purchase of lands.  The Associate Regional Director for Resources Stewardship and Partnerships oversees the coordination of policies and research for natural and cultural resources.

Our job is to tackle issues that demand coordination and policy review, that spend $1 million of your tax dollars prudently, and that protect and defend the park resources, the mission of the National Park Service, and the health and safety of park visitors.

I also oversee three support offices.  These offices are strategically located in the Pacific West Region—Honolulu, Seattle, and San Francisco.  About 75 employees are located in each of the mainland offices.  Eighteen employees are located in the Hawaii support office.  A Support Office Superintendent directs work in each of these offices, which provides assistance to the parks.  This is in addition to providing  parks engineers, scientists, archeologists, historians, rangers, educators and interpreters, purchasers and acquisition specialists.

Your hometown may have been the recipient of some of the Land Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) work.  Our Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance (RTCA) Program can give surplus park land and provide technical assistance to governments on outdoor recreation.   RTCA has three functions: provide funding when available to communities for outdoor recreation, provide technical assistance to communities working on rivers and trails programs and provide a systematic surplus land disposal  program. ( Support Offices are where those interested in Tax Grants for Historic Preservation or who wish to know about the National Register of Historic Places would turn.

Each of these three offices supports a cluster of parks.  The Honolulu office supports 10 parks and its employees in the Pacific Islands.  The San Francisco office supports the 25 parks and employees in California and Nevada.  The Seattle office supports the 18 parks and employees in Idaho, Oregon and Washington (including Big Hole National Battlefield on the western edge of Montana).

Several times a year the Pacific West Region Management Team meets to plan and evaluate projects and goals.  The Management Team is composed of myself, the Deputy Regional Director, the Associate Regional Directors, the Assistant Regional Director, the three Support Office superintendents, and one park superintendent from each of the three clusters.  We hope we have achieved a democratic process, a diversity of viewpoint, and a consensus in our decision making.

This web page is a work in progress.  We thought it might be a way to tell you what we do, provide frequently requested information, and to accept visitor comments.
You will find here a project we are particularly keen about—our Diversity Media Project.  We have reached out to the popular press since the creation of the National Park Service in 1916.  However, we realize we are not just a nation of English speakers, nor are we a nation of only one color.  We want to reach out to those who read African American, Asian American, Pacific Islanders, Latino and Hispanic publications.  We want to introduce our children early to the mission of the National Park Service.  For in the diffusion of this information to all media, we will find the future park rangers and park visitors.

I am an advocate of the Man and His Biosphere and World Heritage Programs.  Parks chosen to participate in these programs were envisioned as premiere locations around the world that either protect an ecosystem or protect a rare cultural area.  It is an opportunity for a nation to say "Look Here!  We believe this place has universal, not just national, value for its heritage and splendor.  We value what this place says about all of us, and we are protecting it for all the people of the world."

You will also find here the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests this regional office has responded to this year.  We answer within 20 work days those inquiries specifically identified as Freedom of Information Act requests. Please do not think you must ask for information this way.  We are happy to comply with this law, however, by invoking the Act it often requires legal review and collaboration with many people often taking longer to answer than a simple phone call.

Thank you for visiting the Pacific West Region Web Page.  Afterall, each American Citizen "owns" these areas held in common for all of us.  Therefore I value your informed interest and views as we go about our daily work.   The opportunity that the Internet provides for us to share our success and struggles is a vital one.

John J. Reynolds
Director, Pacific West Region