Meet Ken Mabery, Colorado National Monument’s superintendent
Special to the Free Press
Denise: What is your job?
Ken: I am currently serving as the interim superintendent for Colorado National Monument until the permanent position is filled in August. I came here from Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska, where I am park superintendent.
Denise: How did you become a park ranger?
Ken: My father was in the park service, so I guess you could say I was an NPS brat. I grew up in the national parks, and I especially enjoyed Arches and the other parks on the Colorado Plateau. I studied international relations and geology at the New Mexico Highlands University and my first job as a seasonal ranger was at Canyonlands. I spent six summers working there. My first permanent job was at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in North Dakota. I have worked in 14 national park units, most of them on the Colorado Plateau.
Denise: What are some of the highlights of your career?
Ken: As part of the International Technical Assistance Program, I was part of a group that provided assistance to the country of Georgia, a former Soviet republic, to establish national parks in their country. Our group helped determine which areas should be set aside as protected areas, and we worked with the Georgians to draft the legislation. I traveled to Georgia many times over fifteen years. It is a beautiful part of the world with friendly people and some wonderful national parks.
Denise: What are some of your plans while you are at Colorado National Monument?
Ken: Professionally, I would like to help the monument find additional ways to reach out and be part of the larger community. I am looking to build more bridges and understanding. Personally, I am enjoying meeting people in the community and exploring the area with my wife. I am an avid photographer, and I am also a hiker and a geologist, so this is the perfect place. I love the scenery here, and I love the entire area. There is nothing not to love. The Colorado Plateau is my favorite place. I live and breathe the Colorado Plateau.
Denise Hight is co-author of Image of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can reached at email@example.com.
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