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Robinson named new superintendent of Devil’s Tower National Monument

DENVER — Reed Robinson, a 22-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been named superintendent of Devils Tower National Monument in northeastern Wyoming. Robinson, currently the chief of facility management at Olympic National Park in Washington State, replaces Dorothy FireCloud, who recently became superintendent of Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments in Arizona.  Robinson reports for duty 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, who announced the appointment.  Robinson is no stranger to the Intermountain Region. His Park Service career includes stints at several sites in the eight-state region,
including Timpanogos Cave National Monument and  Capitol Reef National Park in Utah, and Grand Teton National Park and Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming. He also has served as interim deputy superintendent at Badlands National Park in South Dakota and worked in the Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland. 

He has served since 2007 at Olympic National Park. Before joining the National Park Service, Robinson spent 17 years in numerous foreign countries as a family member of a U.S. State Department employee.  Robinson graduated Summa Cum Laude from Utah Valley State University with a major in construction management.  He and his family have close ties to
Wyoming and the Black Hills, where he and his children are enrolled as members of the Rosebud (Sicanju) Lakota Tribe. Robinson’s wife, Kimberly, is a native of Torrington, Wyoming.

“Being selected to oversee the management of Devils Tower is a high honor and privilege,” Robinson said. “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 National Monument, proclaimed 106 years ago on Sept. 24, 1906, is the nation’s first national monument. A monolith of igneous rock, rising from a pine-covered pedestal in a bend of the Belle Fourche River, Devils Tower is an American cultural icon and is sacred to numerous Plains Indian tribes. The monument today occupies 1,347 acres of park land. Robinson will oversee about 18 full-time staffers and an annual operating budget of more than $1.27 million.

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