|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|Date:||July 9, 2007|
|Contact:||Tony Jewett, Senior Northern Rockies Regional Director, National Parks Conservation Association, P: 406.495.1560|
National Parks Conservation Association Hires Grand Teton Program Manager
JACKSON HOLE, WY – The nation’s leading voice for the national parks, the nonprofit National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today announced that Sharon Mader has been hired as incoming Grand Teton program manager starting full time on August 1. Tony Jewett, senior program director for the Northern Rockies region, is enthused to have Sharon on board as a member of the regional NPCA team.
“Sharon has lived in Jackson Hole for more than 17 years, and during that time has devoted her time and energy to conservation,” said Jewett. “Her career path has covered a broad spectrum of conservation-related work ranging from park naturalist to environmental advocate to on-the-ground wildlife protection projects. Throughout she has maintained a strong emphasis on communications and public involvement. Sharon understands the issues facing Jackson Hole and Grand Teton Park. This knowledge will serve her well in her future work with NPCA.”
Mader recently completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana in Missoula. In addition, she earned a certificate in Natural Resource Conflict Resolution through the UM School of Law, and was recognized as a Wyss Foundation Fellow. Prior to her academic studies, Mader worked for six years as the director of the Jackson Hole Wildlife Foundation.
According to Jewett, Mader is looking forward to this new challenge and is eager to work in partnership with the park managers and the local community to preserve the gem of Jackson Hole-Grand Teton National Park.
“People recognize the value of Grand Teton National Park, to the local community, the local economy, and the nation as a whole, and are deeply committed to its protection,” Mader said. “I believe that NPCA can provide a voice for citizens, and help support the park in its efforts to preserve and maintain these values as a sanctuary for both people and wildlife.”
NPCA’s Grand Teton Field Office opened its doors six years ago in recognition of the unique natural assets of Grand Teton National Park. During that time NPCA has worked diligently to protect wildlife and other natural resources, as well as to encourage improvements that help to enhance visitors’ experiences in the park. As Jackson Hole grows, attracting new residents and visitors, there will continue to be significant pressures on its nearest neighbor-Grand Teton National Park. NPCA is committed to preserving and protecting these outstanding resources for future generations.
Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its 325,000 members, and partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation's natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.