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WIND CAVE NATIONAL PARK, S.D. – After nearly 34 years of federal service, 21 of those years with the National Park Service, Wind Cave National Park Superintendent Linda L. Stoll is retiring effective January 3. She has been superintendent of Wind Cave since July of 2000.
Superintendent Stoll began her federal career as a Clerk Stenographer with the General Services Administration in Denver in the 1970s. For the next twelve years, she rose through various positions eventually becoming a Personnel Management Specialist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Miami, Florida. Ms. Stoll joined the National Park Service in January of 1985 as a Supervisory Personnel Management Specialist at Everglades National Park.
Superintendent Stoll’s management career began in February of 1988 when she became the Superintendent of what is now Pecos National Historical Park. She also worked in the National Park Service’s Intermountain Regional Office as the Assistant Regional Director for Program Review. Since her arrival at Wind Cave National Park, she has overseen the initiation or completion of ten environmental assessments and one environmental impact statement all designed to protect park resources and visitor safety. These projects ranged from line-item construction projects to wildlife management plans.
“I’ve had a wonderful government career, but especially gratifying has been my time with the National Park Service and being able to contribute to the preservation of these special places,” said Superintendent Stoll. “I’ve enjoyed my time at Wind Cave and the challenge and satisfaction of preserving not only the fourth-longest cave in the world but also a remnant of the mixed-grass prairie with its dynamic wildlife populations.”
Superintendent Stoll plans to retire in the Hot Springs area. Her replacement is not expected to be named until sometime next spring. In the interim, senior park staff will serve as acting superintendent.