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National Park Service, Alaska Region 

KFNP superintendent named


National Park Service

Rebecca R. Lasell has been selected as the new Superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park.

Rebecca R. Lasell, with 18 years land management experience, has been selected as the new Superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park. She replaces Jeff Mow, who left the superintendent position earlier this year to become superintendent at Glacier National Park in Montana.

Lasell comes to her new Seward-based position after serving as the Bureau of Land Management's District Manager of Resources, responsible for providing oversight and guidance for 11 million acres and five field offices of the BLM's California Desert District. She also brings a national land management perspective from her service in Washington, D.C., working with BLM's budget and resource programs, including the Cultural and Paleontological Resources and Tribal Consultation.

"Kenai Fjords is an amazing and valuable resource. I am honored and thrilled to join the dedicated professionals of the NPS," Lasell said, "I look forward to working closely with the local tribes, community, and partners on tourism and stewardship opportunities."

Lasell has also served on the federal Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, where she worked to build relationships among federal and state agencies. A native of Sacramento, California, Rebecca graduated with a master of arts in anthropology from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her hobbies include hiking, kayaking, sailing, wildlife photography, historic preservation and world travel. Lasell will arrive in Seward in January.

"Rebecca's demonstrated experience in complex landscape level planning, tribal consultation, renewable energy, and external and internal partnerships will be a great fit at Kenai Fjords," said outgoing NPS Alaska Regional Director Sue Masica. Masica was recently named as the Service's Intermountain regional director and assumes her new position in Denver in January.

KFNP is headquartered in Seward. The 670,000 acre park was established in 1980, and includes the 300-square-mile Harding Ice Field, one of four major icecaps in the United States, as well as a resource-rich coastline. The park sees more than 200,000 visitors each year.


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