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11-16-05 Cliff Kevill Appointed Chief Ranger at De Soto NM

De Soto National Memorial

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De Soto National Memorial’s Superintendent, Charles E. Fenwick, announced today that Clifford E. Kevill has been named Chief Ranger at De Soto National Memorial located in Bradenton, Florida. Kevill started work at the Memorial on Tuesday November 14th.
Kevill is a native of Portsmouth, VA and a Sociology/Anthropology BA graduate of East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. He is a 21 year veteran of the National Park Service.
“I look forward to working with the many park friends, partners and leading the popular living history program at De Soto National Memorial that serves over 250,000 visitors every winter season,” Kevill said.
Kevill transferred from Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah, GA. where he worked in Law Enforcement and Resource Management since 1993. Kevill is this year’s South East Region recipient of the Trish Paterson Student Conservation Award for Natural Resource Management in a Small Park.
“Cliff’s resume is very impressive,” said Superintendent Fenwick. “He started off in interpretation, went on to work extensively in law enforcement and now has expertise in resource management.”
In addition to working at Fort Pulaski NM, Kevill has also served on the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC, Chickamauga National Military Park in TN and Fort Frederica National Monument in GA.
De Soto National Memorial is a unit of the National Park Service. The mission of De Soto National Memorial is to commemorate Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto’s landing in southwest Florida, in 1539, to explain the clash of Native American and 16th Century Spanish culture, to interpret the significance of the four-year, four-thousand mile expedition, and explain its effect upon the later history of North America.
De Soto National Memorial is located at the end of 75th Street NW in Bradenton, Florida. Entrance to the park is free. The Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset and the Park gates are closed at 5:00 p.m. The visitor center is open daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Visit our web page at for more information.
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