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Respected Yellowstone NP superintendent to retire rather than take forced reassignment

Updated: Jun 4, 2018

A highly respected National Park Service executive who engineered the reopening of the Statue of Liberty after the 2001 terrorist attacks and settled the contentious issue of snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park announced his retirement Friday as Interior Department officials consider a proposal to reassign him to Washington.

Daniel Wenk, who as Yellowstone superintendent holds one of the agency’s most coveted jobs, submitted a request to retire March 30 — a date that would allow him far more time at his Mammoth, Wyo.-based post than the 60 days he would have to vacate his office after a reassignment. “It has been an honor and a privilege working for the National Park Service for the last almost 43 years,” Wenk wrote in a letter, an excerpt of which was provided to The Washington Post.



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