Who are the National Park Travelers?

A list of the folks who have created profiles on the website. If you'd like to add yourself to this list, create an account, and after you've logged in, you can edit your biography.

  • I am a guide, a naturalist, specializing in brown bears. My husband Ken and I own and operate Emerald Air Service in Homer Alaska-we have spent every day, the past 15 years, from mid May through October sharing the bears of Katmai National Park and Preserve with about 1100 people per season. Bears are not only our vocation, they are our avocation. They give us our living - we in turn advocate for them - active in conservation issues and pro-actively working through the agencies both state and federal on issues involving bear conservation, viewing ethics and management.

  • Jim Stratton is the Alaska Regional Director for the National Parks Conservation Association, a position he has held since December 2002. Prior to joining NPCA, Jim spent eight years as the director of the Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and 11 years as the Program & Finance Director for Alaska Conservation Foundation. He started his Alaska conservation career in 1981 as the Executive Director of the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council.

    He serves on the board of Training Resources for the Environmental Community (TREC), Great Land Trust, Denali Education Center, and is an advisor to the Brainerd Foundation.

    When not working or volunteering for conservation efforts, he produces and hosts the Arctic Cactus Hour, a weekly public radio program (music, not talk) on Anchorage’s KNBA. He also likes to fly fish, is into birding, and with his wife Colleen Burgh, travel to wild and exotic places, especially those that provide a stamp for his National Park Passport. Jim holds a degree in Recreation and Parks Management from the University of Oregon and an MBA from Alaska Pacific University.

    Credit for Jim's photo goes to Scott Kirkwood of the NPCA.

  • Patrick Cone is a photographer and writer based in Park City Utah. His work has been seen in Sunset, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other editorial, corporate and advertising clients. He is the author/photographer of 3 children's science books, including Grand Canyon: Nature in Action. Cone has also worked as a pilot, helicopter navigator, geologist, and county commissioner. He currently is a staff photographer for an international outdoor sports corporation.

  • Avid Hiker

    Favorite Destinations: Yellowstone, Tetons, Glacier, Alaska

    Cruising in Hawaii and the Caribbean

  • My book "Blessed with Tourists: The Borderlands of Religion and Tourism in San Antonio" includes chapters on San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and how the National Park Service deals with the separation-of-church-and-state issue in their interpretations of religious sites. Currently I am writing a book on religion in Yellowstone National Park. For more information, view my web page at http://bremer.fastmail.fm/

  • I am a self employed information management consultant and bison rancher in Central Kansas. I am also an avid hiker/backpacker and love the national parks. I am very partial to Rocky Mountain National Park, particulary the west side, and am also a National Parks Pass holder.

  • Amy McNamara directs the National Park Program for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Amy works with local residents and GYC members to engage them is issues related to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. She is working to ensure Greater Yellowstone's national parks are setting the standard for public land stewardship in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and for other national parks across the country.

    Amy brought years of previous experience working across state and political boundaries to GYC. Before working for GYC, Amy worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club - a regional conservation and recreation organization in the Northeast. There Amy worked on private land conservation issues, public funding for land protection, and forest planning.

    In her free time, you might find Amy hiking, backpacking, or skiing in the Greater Yellowstone. Her favorite local residents are moose and her favorite color is blue.

  • Hello there. I'm a nature photographer out of Eugene, Oregon and executive director of the Crater Lake Institute. I was raised in rural Montana, Idaho, and Alaska. Eugene, Oregon is now home to my wife and I. I have worked at several of the land management agencies: the Forest Service as a wildland firefighter, for a few years while finishing school at Washington State U., and then as an archaeologist at the BLM, Park Service, and Forest Service before starting my new nature photo business.

    rob mutch

  • A self-described National Park junkie, I whole-heartedly agree with Wallace Stegner's famous statement that the National Parks are "America's best idea". My goal is to visit all 58 parks before I die, and I hope there are many more than that by the time I finish. My outlook on life can best be summed up in the words of Edward Abbey:

    Do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am-- a reluctant enthusiast...a part time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it is still there. So go out there and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, encounter the grizz, climb the mountains, and bag the peaks.... and I promise you this much: I promise you this one sweet victory over your enemies, over those deskbound people with their hearts in a safe deposit box... I promise you this: you will outlive the bastards.

  • Spent the majority of my time hiking the Grand Canyon Although I currently live in the Midwest. Will shortly be moving to Az to persue my passion for photagraphing our National Parks and nature in it:s most sublime form.
    A long way from a career in the chemical industry involved in sale and marketing. Feel very humble to be in the company of others on this page
    Member of the Grand Canyon Association and Pioneer Historical Society of the Grand Canyon.

    ]Time to fill my yearings for the western parks


  • I retired After 33 yrs in the National Park Service in 1990, but never lost my affection for the "Camelot" of the federal government, the National Park Service. I served as Park Ranger, Park Naturalist, Park Planner, Interpretive Planner, Chief Curator of the National Park Service, and Assistant Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway. I believe the chief threats to America's National Parks and its public lands in general are privatization and the adverse impact of motorized recreation on park resources.

  • David E. Whisnant, Ph.D., is a historian and author whose work has focused on cultural history and policy in the Appalachian region and in Latin America. He had published five books, including All That Is Native and Fine: The Politics of Culture in an American Region (UNC Press 1983) and Rascally Signs in Sacred Places: The Politics of Culture in Nicaragua (UNC Press 1995). Retired from the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he now does contract historical research and writing for the National Park Service and other clients through the consulting firm (Primary Source History Services) he runs with his wife, Anne Mitchell Whisnant. With Anne, he has recently written and published the first-ever book for children about the Blue Ridge Parkway, When the Parkway Came (2010, http://www.whentheparkwaycame.com).

  • Anne Mitchell Whisnant, Ph.D. is a historian and the author of Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History, published in 2006 by the University of North Carolina Press. She is an administrator and adjunct associate professor of history and American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she has been since 2009 scholarly advisor for the digital history project Driving Through Time: The Digital Blue Ridge Parkway(http://docsouth.unc.edu/blueridgeparkway/).

    With her husband David Whisnant, Anne also has conducted contract historical research for the National Park Service and other clients through their small firm, Primary Source History Services (http://www.prisource.com). Together, they have written and published the first-ever book for children about the Blue Ridge Parkway, When the Parkway Came (2010) (http://www.whentheparkwaycame.com). From 2008-2012, Anne chaired the team of scholars that researched and wrote the study Imperiled Promise: The State of History in the National Park Service.Anne is passionate about the National Parks and very concerned that a lost sense of the "public good" is threatening these treasures. She has served on the Board of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation (http://www.brpfoundation.org/) and the southeast regional council of the National Parks Conservation Association.

  • Former NPS Park Ranger-Naturalist, Crater Lake National Park (1966-68), Zion National Park (1969), Yosemite National Park (1969-71).

    Member of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees (www.npsretirees.org)

    Member of the Board, Crater Lake Institute (www.craterlakeinstitute.com)

    President and Director, Oak Ridge Center for Risk Analysis (www.orrisk.com)

  • Author, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks. Winner, 2005 National Outdoor Book Award, Best Outdoor Adventure Guidebook. Day job: Father (soon to be) and Senior Editor/Producer, Travel at Los Angeles Times Interactive (http://travel.latimes.com). Feel free to email me at [email]laughtears at yahoo.com[/email].

  • I'm a published freelance writer who has a large and growing NPS life list (I'll show you mine if you show me yours). A Montana resident most of my life, I've also spent eight years in Virginia, as well as time in California, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Florida & Alaska. I have lived in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon now for over 20 years.

    There's a special place in my heart for Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada. My first trip there was in utero and I've been a frequent Yosemite lover, history buff and defender ever since. Active in management planning, the Yosemite Association and Restore Hetch Hetchy (see my poem, "Dancing the Sacred Dry," on the RHH website), I feel advocacy must come from park lovers, because corporations and politicians aren't usually inclined to look after the best interests of the seventh generation (but it's great when they do! And I wish to encourage that behavior!)

    I believe the National Parks (like libraries) are one of our finest expressions of democracy and long-term thinking. The parks are banks of beauty and diversity and history that we hold not just for ourselves and our children, but for themselves... an expression that there is value to our cultural heritage that's worth fighting for and protecting.

    I have a Yahoo! Flickr site which includes some of my uploaded photos of the parks. You can see them (some make nice wallpaper) at www.flickr.com/photos/glennwilliamspdx

  • Retired park ranger: 27 years in the NPS plus 5 in a county system makes... ummm... 32 years wearing a flat hat. Okay, a ball cap lots of the time, too, and a trooper hat in the winter, and, well, you get the point.

    Spent most of that time doing either visitor protection or cultural resource management, but took an interest in all aspects of park management.

    Devoting my declining years to writing, working to preserve the historic resources of the Apostle Islands, and playing with dogs.

  • As you could find on my blog., Jim's Eclectic World, I have diverse passions ranging from philosophy to Yellowstone National Park to anti-authoritarian organizing and activism. What you might not get from the blog is a sense of my actual biography. I was born in Bowling Green, Ohio, on October 10, 1973, the day that Vice President Spiro Agnew resigned from office. Agnew was Greek, and I am half-Greek, and so you can imagine I had to compete with some other news the day I was born. I grew up all over Ohio as my dad bounced around with a career in retail store management and then dramatically into the ministry of the United Methodist Church. They were all from the Cleveland area, but as a kid I also had stints in the Columbus area, Morrow County, Youngstown, and finally in Cambridge where I grew up. I went to Ohio Northern University and received a degree in philosophy and history, moved to Seattle a couple of years, got married, moved back to Ohio to Toledo where I received a master's in philosophy, and then in 2000 moved to Washington, DC, where I lived for 7 1/2 years in eight different homes. In 2005, I pointed the organizing with the DC Anti-War Network on a counter-inaugural march against President Bush that drew 15,000 people (on a budget of less than $2,000 - a true grassroots effort organized in a de-centralized manner with dozens of other organizations). I've since been divorced, but fret not, I've been with a wonderful partner for the past 4 years. We had a beautiful boy born in October 2007. Where does Yellowstone fit in this? During my time in college, I worked for the now defunct Hamilton Stores in Yellowstone National Park. I worked there from 1993-6 and 1998 doing nothing more glamorous than wrapping bull horns. However, the obsession grew in the most amazing place I have ever known. In December 2007, we moved to Bozeman and love being close to Yellowstone again. I have now gotten involved heavily with the Yellowstone buffalo issue and helped found Buffalo Allies of Bozeman in April 2008.

    Too much information? Perhaps! Not enough of my soul. I'd encourage you to check out a lot of stuff on the aforementioned blog, as well as my Web site listed below. Another way to get a sense of the things I think about is to see the news compilation project on Yellowstone, Grand Teton, and the surrounding ecosystem that I update all the time called the Yellowstone Newspaper. Sometimes, you can get a sense of me just by reading about the place I live for.

  • Though my career has introduced me to Bill Clinton, taken me down into the command capsule of an MX missile silo, and landed me in an editorial role with the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the 2002 Winter Games, exploring and writing about the national parks has proven the most enjoyable to date.

    I've stood on the top of the Grand Teton, cross-country skied to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, paddled the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park, and enjoyed many other fascinating adventures in the park system.

    But just as valuable as those experiences have been, so, too, is exploring the management side of the National Park System: the workings of the National Park Service, congressional action, or inaction, affecting the parks, and on-the-ground decisions pertaining to natural, cultural, and historic resources, as well as public access and enjoyment.

    Before launching National Parks Traveler in August 2005, I spent 14 years stint with The Associated Press in positions ranging from a general assignment reporter to correspondent-in-charge for the state of Wyoming. Since embarking on a freelance career in the fall of 1993, my articles have appeared in Smithsonian, National Geographic Traveler, Audubon, National Wildlife, Hemispheres, Wilderness, and other publications.

    My other other credits include an article on national parks of the world for Microsoft’s Encarta CD, as well as three guidebooks to the national parks. As a contributor to the Travel Arts Syndicate, my stories have appeared in the Miami Herald, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Denver Post, and other newspapers.

    While the Traveler started out only as a means to promote my public lands, environmental, and outdoors writing, it has evolved into a vehicle for both promoting the national parks and nurturing advocates for them. Add your voice to the dialogue through commenting on our stories.

  • Jeremy Sullivan is a passionate park advocate. His background includes three years working for the National Park Service as a seasonal interpreter. He currently provides multimedia, interactive, film, and computer consulting services for the parks. Jeremy's work has been recognized with awards from the National Association for Interpretation, and a recent film project won a Telly.

    Jeremy has written for more than a year on a complementary national parks blog, Park Remark. He also contributes parks articles to the Frommers.com electronic newsletter. Because of Jeremy's close working relationship with national parks, he has been able to provide an insight into park operations that readers appreciate.

    In addition to contributing articles to the redesigned NPT site, Jeremy will guide a new focus on multimedia production and provide the technical expertise needed for day-to-day website operations.