|Thursday, Nov 10, 2005|
Douglas Doug Neighbor has been named Superintendent of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, near Arco, Idaho, it was announced today by National Park Service Regional Director (NPS) Jonathan B. Jarvis.
Neighbor expects to move to the area from his post as Superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa by early in the new year.
Neighbor, a 15-year veteran of the NPS, replaces Jim Morris who retired.
I look forward to living and working in Idaho, with my NPS and Bureau of Land Management colleagues, Neighbor said. It will be a pleasure to implement the General Management Plan Jim (Morris) and the BLM took pride in creating and I look forward to listening and learning from the park staff and all the friends of the park.
Neighbor will transfer from the island of Tutuila in American Samoa, 2,600 miles south of Honolulu and one of the more challenging transportation locations in the NPS where air service is available only twice a week. While superintendent of this park, he worked with a park advisory commission and village chiefs on traditional culture, as well as implemented a research program to understand the biology of the largest remaining paleo tropical coral reef.
He worked for the NPS in Texas from 1999 to 2002 at Big Thicket National Preserve where he was in charge of the natural resource management program. This program included removing exotic plants, inventorying native plants, protecting endangered species, using fire as a resource management tool, and working with oil and gas operations.
Doug impresses me, said Jarvis. He has spent his NPS career working in places of immense natural beauty with unique biota as well as with native cultures.
In addition to working at Big Thicket National Preserve, he has served at Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah on its resources staff, at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon as its computer specialist, and at Big Bend National Park in Texas on its resource management and information technology staff.
Neighbors father was an Air Force pilot, a career that moved the family around and provided an opportunity for Doug to live in numerous states, Canada, and the Netherlands while he was growing-up. He graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.
Editors Note: Neighbor can be reached for interviews at (684) 633-7082.