Welcome Don Striker to the North Cascades!

Exciting news! Don Striker has joined North Cascades National Park as the new Superintendent. Striker most recently served as the superintendent of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, where he managed six million acres of wilderness and mountain landscapes, including North America’s highest peak and the traditional homeland of Alaska’s Athabascan and Dena Native people.

“I had the opportunity to meet with Don recently and am impressed by his warmth, intelligence, and creativity,” reflects Bec Detrich, the executive director of North Cascades Institute. “He will be a great addition to our community and will be an exceptional leader for North Cascades National Park. Don is dedicated to welcoming all people into the park, in particular, engaging with people who live in and around the North Cascades.”

North Cascades Institute has been intertwined with North Cascades National Park since the nonprofit organization’s founding in 1986, from park rangers teaching in Mountain School to the agency’s stewardship of the Environmental Learning Center on Diablo Lake.

“I look forward to working collaboratively with Don and his team,” Detrich said. “As partners, the Institute and National Park Service can creatively adapt to our community’s changing needs and help foster and engage the conservation stewards of tomorrow.”

Read more about Don at www.nps.gov/noca.

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