Wenk Retires End of September
Written by Andrew-Rossi on July 20, 2018
A retirement date has been set for Yellowstone National Park superintendent Dan Wenk, who has served as the head of the Park for the last seven years.
Wenk’s departure comes amid controversy, as he has publicly announced that he is being forced out by the Trump administration. Park officials say that at the beginning of June, the Department of the Interior notified Wenk that he was being reassigned as the Regional Director of the National Capital Region in Washington, D.C. Wenk declined this reassignment, choosing instead to retire from the National Park Service. His final day will be September 29th, ending a 43-year career with the Park Service.
Until he retires, Wenk says his areas of focus will be finalizing the agreements for bison quarantine and relocation; collecting data and developing community support for the long-term visitor use management planning effort; concessions contracting; and working with park staff to continue improving workplace culture.
Wenk will be replaced by Cameron “Cam” Sholly, the current director of the park service’s Midwest Region.