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The most visited national park in the nation will now be run by a woman for the first time in its 85-year history. As CNBC explained, Tennessee native Lisa Hendy will become the Great Smokey Mountains National Park‘s chief ranger in April and help look after the 522,419 acres of protected land that runs between Tennessee and North Carolina, reports CNN. She will make the move after finishing her stint as the chief ranger at Big Bend National Park in Texas. Before that she served at a host of other national parks such as Yosemite, Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone.
CNN explained that a chief ranger oversees the division of the park that performs law enforcement duties, wildland fire operations, emergency medical services, search and rescue operations, and backcountry operations, according to the National Park Service. The position also has responsibility for staffing an emergency communications center. About 240 permanent and 80-plus seasonal employees work at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The COVID-19 pandemic has put a slump on global tourism, especially to those places that are marine biology hotspots. However, as people (and their trash) have stayed home, tourism destinations like Thailand have seen the benefit that this can have on nature. As the Nikkei Asian Review reported, in Thailand, there have been numerous accounts […]
Yesterday was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. In recognition of that, and the key role Indigenous peoples are playing in the conservation movement today in the U.S. and globally, we sat down with Raina Thiele, who is Dena’ina Athabascan, and Yup’ik, and has worked at the highest levels of government on Tribal […]
ODP: You have just taken over as Europe’s Commissioner for the Environment, Oceans and Fisheries. Tell us how you became interested in conservation and how you have reached such an important position so early in your career? VS: As I was Minister of Economy and Innovation in Lithuania, naturally, I was expecting rather a portfolio […]
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