Dan Kimball is retiring after 10 years as Everglades National Park Superintendent. He has been with the National Park Service for 30 years. This is a big loss for us all in Florida.(Written in 2006)
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The new permanent superintendent of Everglades National Park in Homestead, Florida, is Dan B. Kimball. He has been serving as acting superintendent of the park since February 2005. As superintendent of Everglades, Kimball is responsible for managing a revered natural resource that faces significant strategic resource challenges. “I’m especially excited to move forward with my involvement in the restoration of the Everglades, the largest ecosystem restoration project in the history of the planet, and honored to be part of the very talented and dedicated team that’s tackling this challenging project,” he said. “I am very happy to be working with our partners to preserve and restore the integrity of park resources and the greater Everglades ecosystem.” Dan will also serve as superintendent of Dry Tortugas National Park, located in the Gulf of Mexico southwest of Everglades.
Kimball’s professional expertise is water and natural resource management and the evaluation of complex environmental issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in earth sciences from Dennison University in Ohio and a Master of Science from the University of Arizona. He previously served as the chief of the National Park Service (NPS) Water Resources Division, a position he held since 1993. During his tenure there, Dan played a major role in successful efforts to protect parks, such as Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho) and Glacier National Park (Montana), from the adverse effects of resource extraction activities. Dan has also served as acting superintendent of Zion National Park (Utah) and assistant to the NPS deputy director in Washington, D.C.
A 20-year veteran of the National Park Service, Dan previously held positions with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Surface Mining, and environmental consulting firms. He has received a number of awards including the Department of the Interior Superior Service Award (1989), the Stephen Tyng Mather Award for resource conservation, given by the National Parks Conservation Association (1995), and the Pacific Northwest Regional Director’s Award for Professional Excellence in Natural Resources (2002). He will be a knowledgeable and capable steward of the natural resources at Everglades National Park.