Washington, D.C. - Wyoming's Congressional Delegation looks forward to working with the Franklin C. Walker to improve Yellowstone Park visitors' experiences and protect this vital resource for future generations.
The National Park Service announced today that Walker will become acting superintendent of Yellowstone Park June 3 when Superintendent Mike Finley retires.
"I look forward to working with Superintendent Walker as he assumes this role as acting superintendent at Yellowstone. He has had a long and distinguished career with the Park Service and I am sure he will do a good job in this position," said Sen. Craig Thomas, R-Wyo. "I also look forward to working with the Department of Interior as the search for a permanent superintendent for Yellowstone commences."
"I am pleased that Secretary Gale Norton has found someone to serve as an interim supervisor who is familiar with Wyoming and the Park," said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. "The delegation will continue working with the Secretary to select a permanent supervisor for Yellowstone who understands the unique nature of Yellowstone and its role in nationally and local communities."
"The importance of Yellowstone National Park to Wyoming can not be exaggerated. I welcome Mr. Walker to our crown jewel and look forward to working with him to maintain and protect this precious treasure," said Rep. Barbara Cubin, R-Wyo.
Walker began his 30-year Park Service career as a seasonal ranger at Yellowstone Park in 1967. Walker is currently serving as superintendent of Saguaro National Park in Arizona.
The Park Service said it will continue working to fill the Yellowstone Superintendent position on a permanent basis.