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Park Super quits
JACKSON HOLE, WYO - Mary Gibson Scott announced her retirement today from the National Park Service. As superintendent of Grand Teton NP since 2004, Scott has guided the park through several major projects and transitions.
During her tenure at Grand Teton, Scott oversaw construction of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center completed in 2007; design and construction of over 14 miles of multi-use pathways, (2008-present); and construction of 32 residential units at Moose and Beaver Creek (2011-2012).
Scott also initiated and facilitated the first-ever comprehensive environmental impact statement for the Jackson Hole Airport, the only commercial airport in a national park – a [process which resulted in a lease extension granted to the airport through the year 2053.
Scott has also received criticism from locals opposed to the elk reduction hunt like Tom Mangelsen and Tim Mayo. Mayo, in particular, has repeatedly called for Scott to step down. He would not comment on news that Scott did just that today.
Scott’s 33-year career with the Park Service included stops at Santa Fe and Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico; Golden Gate, Santa Monica Mountains and Channel Islands in California; Gateway in New York; and Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. In 2010, Scott served as acting regional director for the NPS Intermountain Region Office in Denver, Colorado for four months while on leave from GTNP.
Park spokesperson Jackie Skaggs said an acting superintendent will be named soon. That person may come from within GTNP or be assigned from anywhere in the country by Regional headquarters. An application and interview process will begin immediately for Scott’s permanent replacement. Superintendent Scott’s last day in the office will be November 8, 2013.