Posted: Sep 11, 2013 4:19 PM by Tara Oster - MTN News
WEST GLACIER - Glacier National Park officially welcomed their new superintendent on Tuesday.
Jeff Mow comes to the park after serving as the superintendent of Kenai Fjords National Park in Alaska, and reporter
His official welcoming to Glacier National Park is almost like a homecoming.
Mow was last in Glacier in 1998 fighting the Red Bench Fire near Polebridge, and says he's happy to be back in Montana - and to take on this new position.
"Something I look forward to is just how interested the local communities are and the tribes are in what goes on in Glacier National Park," Mow said.
Mow told us that one challenge he and the management team face is the budget.
"In an era of declining budgets, how do you continue to offer the services and make the park successful is a bit of a challenge."
Mow also told us that an important partner in taking on challenges within the park is the Glacier National Park Conservancy, which is welcoming their new CEO, Mark Preiss.
"I think it's just a great opportunity to roll up our sleeves and dig in. I don't see it as a challenge, but more as an opportunity - an opportunity to reengage the community and build upon the work that the park staff and the community has done up until now," Preiss told us.
He officially took charge on Aug. 25. "I am very interested in helping work with the park, be part of the management team as we move through issues and opportunities like the NPS centennial in 2016."
Superintendent Mow will oversee a staff of about 155 and an annual operating budget of $12.5 dollars.