Lyle Laverty was somewhat quietly confirmed Tuesday by the U.S. Senate as an assistant Interior secretary with responsibilities that including policy oversight for the National Park Service. But how quiet will his term be?
Mr. Laverty comes to Interior from the state of Colorado, where he was director of state parks. His tenure there was not without controversy, as this Denver Post article explains.
In Colorado Mr. Laverty helped boost park attendance, but some question his approaches. For instance, he had luxury cabins built in some parks, traveled far abroad, and even bought a horse with $5,000 in public funds, according to the newspaper.
Mr. Laverty also is said to be fond of having user fees in parks and relying on the private sector to take on work previously handled by the federal government. With that background, any guesses on how he'll advise National Park Service Director Mary Bomar on the question of snowmobiles in Yellowstone?
For more analysis of Mr. Laverty's appointment, check out this post by Scott Silver at his Wild Wilderness blog.