Olympic National Park picks superintendent


Sarah Creachbaum has been selected as the new superintendent of Olympic National Park.

She replaces Karen Gustin, who retired in March after over 30 years with the National Park Service.

Creachbaum has been serving as Superintendent of Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui since 2009. 

Prior to her arrival in Hawaii she held the position of Superintendent at War in the Pacific National Historical Park on the island of Guam and American Memorial Park on the island of Saipan.

She was the 2004 National Park Service Bevinetto Fellow and served in Washington D.C. as a staff member for the Senate Subcommittee on National Parks.

“Sarah is a proven leader and team builder, with strong wilderness management expertise," said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz.

"She is known for her creativity and inclusive management style. Sarah’s ability to listen and collaborate within cultures and communities and then to create a shared vision will be an asset to Olympic National Park.”

Creachbaum began her professional career as a recreation and wilderness manager for the Shoshone National Forest in Cody, Wyo., in 1990. During the course of her career, she has worked at many national parks in the western United States, including Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  

Creachbaum serves as co-chairman of the National Park Service Wilderness Leadership Council.

She received a Master’s degree in landscape architecture and environmental planning from Utah State University in 1994.

“I am absolutely thrilled to work at Olympic; it has always been a dream," Creachbaum said. "I look forward to working with the park staff and the community to protect the outstanding resources of the park.”

Creachbaum’s duties as superintendent will begin this fall when she moves to the Olympic Peninsula with her husband, Bob, and their border collie, Jimmy.

President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument in 1909. Later, Congress voted to authorize a re-designation to national park status. President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation that established Olympic as the 19th park in the national park system in 1938.

In 1976 Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site.

About 95 percent of the park is designated wilderness area.
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