(Wyo)-Yellowstone NP Supt To Retire Next Year
YELLOWSTONE N.P., Wyo. (AP) - Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk says he will retire at the end of next March after 7 years at the park and 44 years with the National Park Service.
Wenk has also served as deputy director of operations for the Park Service at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. and was superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Monument for 16 years, beginning in 1985.
He calls Yellowstone the pinnacle of his career and says he has several projects he wants to finish before leaving. They include the park's long-term visitor use management plan, improvements in its workplace culture, and relocating some brucellosis-free bison from Yellowstone to the Fort Peck Reservation in Montana.
Wenk dismisses speculation that the Trump administration pushed him out for political reasons, saying he made his decision months ago, but admitting he went public with the decision following recent news reports that he was facing a possible transfer to a job in Washington, D.C.
Wenk doesn't deny those reports, but says he always understood that as a member of the U.S. government's senior executive service, he could be moved to another job.
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