Reed Robinson of Olympic National Park has been named the new superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. The 22-year National Park Service veteran begins work at Devils Tower on Nov. 18.
“Reed brings more than two decades of diverse and wide-ranging experience in natural and cultural resources management to this position,” said Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels in a prepared statement.
Robinson, Olympic’s chief of facility management, has spent most of his career in Utah where he graduated from Utah Valley University. He and his children are members of the Rosebud (Sicanju) Lakota Tribe of Wyoming and South Dakota. His wife, Kimberly, is a native of Torrington, Wyo. He started working at Olympic National Park in 2007.
“Being selected to oversee the management of Devils Tower is a high honor and privilege,” Robinson said in a statement released this morning by the NPS. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff at the monument, park partners, state and federal representatives, tribal groups and other constituents. I look forward to maximizing our partnerships and collaboration efforts as we prepare for a second century of stewardship and engagement.”
Devils Tower was named the nation’s first national monument in 1906 and is well known for its roll in the 1977 Science Fiction classic “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” Devils Tower is sacred to numerous Plains Indian tribes. Robinson will oversee about 18 full-time staffers and an annual operating budget of more than $1.27 million.
Robinson replaces Dorothy FireCloud, who was recently named superintendent of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot national monuments in Arizona.