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Reynolds picked for Calif NPS spot

SAN FRANCISCO – Mike Reynolds has been selected as the new superintendent of Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake Unit of World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, both located in northeastern California.  He replaces Dave Kruse who was recently named Facilities Chief for the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service.

 “Mike has done a superb job during his time as superintendent in American Samoa. He showed resilience during and after the 2009 earthquake and tsunami, and fortitude during the rebuilding process. We have seen him move the park forward in his time there and believe his experiences there have prepared him for the challenges and opportunities of managing two sites — Lava Beds National Monument and the Tule Lake,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. 

“Mike’s leadership and partnering skills, experience working within the Samoan culture and commitment to telling park stories that honor traditions and culture while capturing a sense of place make him a natural fit for his new position.” 

Reynolds served as superintendent of the National Park of American Samoa for three and a half years. In 2009, the park experienced a devastating 8.3 earthquake and subsequent tsunami event, which completely destroyed all of the park's facilities and fleet. Reynolds led the park through the immediate aftermath of this major event and the lengthy recovery process over the past 2.5 years. He also worked to expand the park's operation onto the remote Manu'a islands, establishing the NPS's first permanent presence there.

“I am humbled by having had the opportunity to serve the people of American Samoa and the visitors, natural and cultural resources and staff at the National Park of American Samoa. I am excited by the chance to further the NPS mission in another part of the United State,” said Mike Reynolds.

“I am honored by the warmth and hospitality of the people of Tutuila and Manu’a. I hope the National Park of American Samoa can long continue its partnership with the villages and American Samoa Government in working together to ensure the lands and waters are healthy for the next generation to enjoy as we do today”.

Lava Beds National Monument and the new Tule Lake Unit are located in northeastern California.

Lava Beds preserves 47,000 acres of unique geologic landscape, including more than 500 lava tube caves.

Tule Lake was an Interment Center for Japanese-Americans during World War II. Many US citizens were held captive due to unfounded fears caused by the war with Japan.

Reynolds will not only head both parks, but will be responsible for the development of Tule Lake as a new NPS unit. He will begin his new job in California in June.

Source: NPA media release