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Mount Rainier’s Lee Taylor takes top spot at San Juan Island National Historic Park

Post by Jeff Mayor / The News Tribune on March 20, 2012 at 10:45 am |
March 20, 2012 10:45 am
Lee Taylor talks about repairs made to the Nisqually Road in April 2007. Taylor today was named superintendent of San Juan Island National Historic Park. (Lui Kit Wong/Staff photographer file)

Lee Taylor, who has been chief of interpretation and education at Mount Rainier National Park, today has been named superintendent at San Juan Island National Historical Park.

A 30-year career employee of the National Park Service, Taylor replaces former superintendent Peter Dederich who recently transferred to the Service’s Pacific West Regional Office in Seattle. She will assume her new duties April 22.

“Lee has a great deal of energy, creativity and passion and excels at engaging communities,” Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz said in a prepared statement. “She has a collaborative approach that will lend itself well to working with the community to prepare the park for its next century of stewardship and engagement.”

For the past three years, Taylor has managed the information and education program at Mount Rainier. That included the development of a number of exhibits, publications and the park website. Taylor and her staff operated all the park visitor centers, developed and presented educational programs for visitors, school groups and area communities, and managed a volunteer program of 1,800 volunteers each year.

Prior to that., Taylor worked as district interpreter at Mount Rainier, supervising visitor information and interpretive services in the Paradise area. Taylor also has worked at Fort Vancouver National Historic Preserve, Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area and Craters of the Moon National Monument, among other Park Service units.

“I am looking forward to working with the park staff and partners to maximize the value of the park to visitors and the community,” said Taylor in a statement. “It is a fascinating park in a beautiful location and I am honored to serve as superintendent.”

San Juan Island National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1966 for the purpose of “…interpreting and preserving the sites of the American and English camps on the island, and of commemorating the historic events that occurred from 1853-1871 on the island in connection with the final settlement of the Oregon Territory boundary dispute, including the so-called Pig War of 1859.” In addition to the American and English camps, in 2010 the NPS acquired the Mitchell Hill unit from the state Department of Natural Resources which contains part of the original historic military road spur and potentially other artifacts dating to the encampment period.

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