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A Statement from National Park Foundation President and CEO Will Shafroth on the Confirmation of National Park Service Director Charles Sams

WASHINGTON – The National Park Foundation congratulates Charles F. “Chuck” Sams, III on his confirmation as the 19th Director of the National Park Service (NPS).

As an Umatilla Tribal Citizen and the first Native American to lead the agency responsible for managing more than 420 park sites across the country, Director Sams brings extensive knowledge and experience working with state and local agencies, Tribal governments and nonprofit organizations, and deep appreciation for the many communities connected to and affected by our national parks.

The National Park Foundation is excited to work with Director Sams to inspire all people to connect with and protect America’s national parks, expand public-private partnerships, and increase philanthropic support to parks.

Partnering with NPS, the National Park Foundation is eager to elevate and advance the important work of making parks welcoming and accessible to all and to address the challenges posed by climate change.