Wednesday, Feb 15, 2006
It is a long way from the island of Tutuila in American Samoa to Craters of the Moon near Arco, Idaho but such journeys are par for the course for the new Superintendent of Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve, Doug Neighbor. Craters of the Moon and the National Park of American Samoa are two of the special places that make up our National Park System.
Neighbor, a 15-year veteran of the National Park Service (NPS), replaces Jim Morris who retired last May. ?I look forward to living and working in Idaho, with my NPS and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) colleagues,? Neighbor said. ?It will be a pleasure to implement the 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.? Craters of the Moon is also a part of the Bureau of Land Management?s National Landscape Conservation System.
Neighbor has transferred from the National Park of 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 and 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.
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.