West Virginia native to lead National Park Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Monongalia County native is taking over as acting director of the National Park Service.

David Bernhardt, secretary for the U.S. Department of the Interior which oversees the National Park Service, has chosen Margaret Everson to replace outgoing Acting Director David Vela who announced his retirement Friday.

Margaret Everson

Since 2018, Everson, a graduate of University High School, has worked as principle deputy director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Prior to that, she was chief policy officer for Ducks Unlimited and previously worked in the Department of the Interior under President George W. Bush.

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, released the following statement about Everson’s selection:

“West Virginians understand the importance of our public lands. In the Mountain State we take great pride in our Nationals Rivers and Forests,” he said.

“I trust that as a native West Virginian, Margaret Everson shares this commitment to our National Park Service and I look forward to working with her to ensure our National Parks are protected for generations to come.”

Vela, who had worked with the National Park Service for 30 years, was nominated but never confirmed to lead the agency.

He has continued to serve under President Donald Trump through a series of temporary orders, like the one used for Everson, that were being challenged in a lawsuit from the Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

More News

School COVID-19 map: Six counties in red or orange for next week; 3 counties in new gold category
Remote instruction to continue in Kanawha, Monongalia counties among others.
September 19, 2020 - 5:44 pm
Fairmont State food worker, eight students test positive for coronavirus
Fairmont State University will be transitioning Pence Hall to a dedicated quarantine facility.
September 19, 2020 - 2:45 pm
Covid numbers improve slightly, but 11 deaths reported
Mingo County is the only county in red on the daily statewide alert map, but the official map dictating school status for next week isn't released until 5 p.m.
September 19, 2020 - 10:24 am
Alderson-Broaddus acknowledges 4 serious incidents tied to university
School acknowledged investigations into two sexual assaults and other crimes are underway
September 19, 2020 - 9:57 am