Who is This Guy?

Park Remark has never had an "about me" section. This has been intentional, I had never wanted Park Remark to be just about me. As this site took life, my wish was that it would be community driven, with articles written by like minded folks who shared a common concern for the longterm welfare of our National Parks. After 6 months of operation this vision is starting to take shape. Some of the topics I've written about have come directly from suggestions received from readers in email, and there have even been a few articles written entirely by others. There will be more to come.

But ultimately it is "me" that controls the content which appears on the site. And so the question remains -- who am I? Briefly, I am a former National Park Ranger. I had worked as a summer seasonal providing interpretation. I loved my job. I loved giving guided walks, I loved answering questions in the visitor center, and I really loved giving illustrated evening programs in the campground. I quit because for me it would have been a long road to a permanent job in the Parks. For some the transition from seasonal to permanent was a 10 year process, with no guarantees made along the way. I am not that patient. I still consider myself an interpreter. Today I work for a small company which provides multimedia services for local, state, and federal parks. I create things like touch-screen museum exhibits (kiosks) and orientation films. In this capacity I have had the opportunity to travel around the country, working at and visiting a lot of natural areas. The more I see, the more I appreciate the treasure of our parks.

Which leads to the question of motivation, "why do I care?" A key objective of the parks, identified in the legislation that created the National Park Service back in 1916, is to have these areas managed "as will leave them unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations." That idea resonates very strongly with me. So last year when I heard that the management objectives had been re-written so as to give greater access to snowmobiles and jet-skis, I felt I needed to speak up in protest! My hope is that this blog, added to the voices of other bloggers and discussion groups, could raise the alarm when threats to our National Parks emerge. My reasons may be selfish. I want to explore these wild areas in the same way as other generations have done before me, and my sincere hope is that my son can someday enjoy the same privilege (but first, he's got to learn to walk).
My Son at Mt. Rainier

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