Barbara Alberti, an 18 year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS) is the newly appointed superintendent at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on Guam and American Memorial Park on Saipan, the two NPS units located west of the International Dateline and closest to Japan.
She follows Sarah Creachbaum who recently transferred from the superintendency on Guam to superintendent of Haleakala National Park on Maui, Hawaii. An interim superintendent, Steve Gibbons, is serving as acting superintendent until Alberti arrives on Guam in the early summer.
“I am impressed with Barbara’s collaborative and resource management skills,” said NPS Regional Director Jonathan B. Jarvis, in making the appointment.
War in the Pacific National Historical Park and American Memorial Park recognize the American actions in the northern Pacific Theater during World War II. These two areas, located on islands 120 miles apart, also shelter coral reefs and marine life. Guam is a territory of the U.S. Saipan is part of the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas. Both park areas also are part of the educational role identified in the new World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.
“I look forward to working with the well-respected park staff and many park friends and neighbors on these two islands,” said Alberti.
Alberti is the chief of natural resources and fire management at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area outside of Redding, in the upper Sacramento Valley of California. In this capacity, she has coordinated planning programs and collaborated on resource management and science based decision making. She also has served as chief of interpretation in the park, a position that directs the educational and outreach rangers and programs at the park.
Whiskeytown, in the heart of gold rush country, preserves the cultural history of early gold mining along side the modern engineering of the Central Valley water project. Whiskeytown Lake is surrounded by remnant old growth forests, numerous trails, and beaches making it a popular destination for local outdoor enthusiasts.
She served at Coronado National Memorial in southern Arizona for 14 years in several capacities including park ranger, integrated resources manager and as acting superintendent.
She also has worked on special projects for the NPS at Redwood and Grand Canyon National Parks and is a 2007 graduate of the Midlevel Management Development Program.
Alberti served as a Peace Corps volunteer for two years in Senegal as a natural resources extension agent. She collaborated with a German aid organization promoting cashew plantations in small villages to provide a cash crop from the nuts and improve nutrition with the cashew “apples.”
Having a natural aptitude for languages, she speaks Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Wolof. She has published a number of biological monographs and papers.
Editor’s Note: Alberti can be reached at 530-242-3445 at Whiskeytown NRA park headquarters.