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Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., looks forward to working with two National Park Service (NPS) appointees and he hopes they will facilitate cooperation between Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and park neighbors.

Suzanne Lewis and Steve Martin were named by the National Park Service today to fill superintendent positions at the parks which will be effective early Feb. 2002.

"I am hopeful that these appointees will communicate readily with the state and surrounding communities and I look forward to working with them on decisions that will be in the best interest of the parks," said Enzi.

Lewis, a 22 year veteran of the National Park Service, will manage Yellowstone National Park. Lewis is currently the superintendent at Glacier National Park where she manages over one million acres and a staff of about 525 during peak summer season. She has served in a variety of positions during her tenure with the National Park Service including an international assignment to Haiti.

"I grew up spending each summer with my grandparents living in a camper trailer inside Yellowstone Park and I have been back many times since. Anyone who knows and loves Yellowstone like I do wants to know that the future of the park will be protected and the best interests of the park and the park community will be served," said Enzi. "Suzanne Lewis has an extensive background that should give her positive guidance when making the very important decisions for the park that she must make."

Martin, currently the superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve, will assume responsibility of Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Memorial Parkway. Martin has worked for the National Park Service for 26 years in a variety of positions that include north district ranger and Old Faithful district ranger positions at Yellowstone.

"Steve Martin got his beginnings in the West and I hope that his perspective will continue to reflect the values and ideas important to westerners," said Enzi.