Press Release Oct 19, 2021

National Parks Group Calls for Confirmation of Charles Sams for Park Service Director

Charles Sams will be a fierce advocate for all National Park Service employees and for protecting natural and cultural resources in our parks.

Washington, DC – Today, after more than four years without a National Park Service Director to support and lead more than 20,000 National Park Service employees who care for our most treasured public lands and waters, the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources will consider Charles Sams for this important role. If confirmed, Mr. Sams, a longtime administrator with the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, would bring decades of conservation experience and a unique perspective to the position.

Statement by Theresa Pierno, President and CEO for the National Parks Conservation Association

“Charles Sams will be a fierce advocate for all National Park Service employees and for protecting natural and cultural resources in our parks. His people-first approach makes him an exceptional choice to lead as Park Service Director. He has successfully led a Tribal government and connected communities and businesses with solutions to address challenges from COVID to climate change, and the protection and management of sacred lands. He brings a unique and powerful perspective that will help our national parks grow relationships with diverse communities and address the tough issues they face – from overcrowding to infrastructure. After a long absence without a director, our parks deserve a leader with the experience and care of Mr. Sams. The Senate must confirm him as National Park Service Director so he can get to work for our parks, our rangers and those that hold these lands close.”


About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its nearly 1.6 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit

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