With Ken Salazar the pick for the Obama administration's Interior secretary, it's time to turn to the question of who will be the next director of the National Park Service.
Among the names being circulated are Mike Finley, who, among other postings, served stints as superintendent at Everglades, Yosemite and Yellowstone before deciding in 2001 he couldn't work for the Bush administration; Dan Kimball, current Everglades superintendent, and; Jon Jarvis, the Park Service's Pacific Region director.
Odds are more names will surface in the weeks ahead. Whoever gets the job, let's hope they're strong leaders interested in stewarding the parks and not afraid to speak out when politics infringes on that stewardship. And let's hope the Interior secretary let's them do their job and not tell them what decisions will be made.