The National Park Service has named Natalie Gates as the new superintendent of Haleakala National Park. Gates, chief of natural resource management at Point Reyes National Seashore in California, will start her new job in March.
“It will be an absolute privilege to work with the staff of Haleakala National Park and local communities around it,” Gates said in a news release. “Haleakala is home to a treasure of cultural resources, natural resources and wilderness, and I look forward to working hard to preserve them.”
Gates graduated from Harvard College with a degree in Biology. She earned a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Wildland Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley.
She has been acting superintendent of Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area in eastern Washington. In 2009 she was awarded the Pacific West Regional Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management.