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Title: New Superintendent Named
Post by: GaryF on August 15, 2018, 08:25:02 PM
https://www.nps.gov/bibe/learn/news/krumenaker-named-superintendent-of-big-bend-national-park.htm

“Robert “Bob” Krumenaker, a veteran National Park Service (NPS) superintendent experienced in natural resource management, has been named superintendent of Big Bend National Park by NPS Intermountain Region Director Sue Masica. Krumenaker, superintendent of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin since 2002, will assume his new duties on Sept. 17.

The promotion marks his return to Texas, where Krumenaker held his first permanent NPS job at Big Thicket National Preserve in the early 1980s. His 41-year Park Service career has taken him from half a dozen seasonal jobs in several western parks and monuments to resource and leadership roles in NPS Washington headquarters, in two regional offices and at major national parks from Zion in Utah to Shenandoah in Virginia and the Everglades in Florida.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: dprather on August 15, 2018, 09:44:41 PM
Welcome Bob, and may you make BBC a regular part of your night-table reading.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Hang10er on August 16, 2018, 07:49:40 AM
Agree with Dprather, welcome Bob!

Bio says he enjoys woodworking, he might want to bring some wood with him!  :ecomcity:
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: mule ears on August 16, 2018, 08:00:34 AM
Hopefully with his leadership experience he can bring about some continuity and new ideas like bringing in/back a good electronic permit system.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: presidio on August 16, 2018, 10:22:29 AM
Hopefully with his leadership experience he can bring about some continuity and new ideas like bringing in/back a good electronic permit system.

Well, we can hope for some regulatory sanity, rational management actions and a user-friendly focus, but don't be disappointed when it doesn't occur.

One does not become a park superintendent by rocking the boat or making bold changes.

Benefit of doubt is given for change, until it becomes unearned.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: badknees on August 16, 2018, 10:31:15 AM
Hopefully with his leadership experience he can bring about some continuity and new ideas like bringing in/back a good electronic permit system.

Well, we can hope for some regulatory sanity, rational management actions and a user-friendly focus, but don't be disappointed when it doesn't occur.

One does not become a park superintendent by rocking the boat or making bold changes.

Benefit of doubt is given for change, until it becomes unearned.

Yeah.....change gives the “impression” of progress.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: RichardM on August 16, 2018, 01:54:49 PM
Looks like he has at least some online presence:

http://parkleaders.com/bob-krumenaker/

https://www.wpr.org/people/bob-krumenaker

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5IZYigIQsc
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: presidio on August 16, 2018, 03:21:20 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5IZYigIQsc

I watched this. It's about climate change so the interview had a narrow focus

Three comments:

a) Remarkably, he was able to be interviewed without lapsing into NPS bureau-speak. Articulate, informed and conversational.

b) He lapsed at least once when he referred to "my park." While that can be accepted as a reference to the area he manages, it could have been phrased differently.

c) Later, he did affirmatively state he was managing public land. Something you don't often hear in this agency, where proprietary ownership is ingrained.

He also commented about the public liking the parks but wondered if the public liked the agency (much paraphrased here...I didn't rewind it).

He's coming from a less than 70,000 acre park to one more than ten times the size, but there's not a huge difference in the visitation numbers he quoted. The Big Bend staff likely is a bit larger but not significantly so.

His professional background is in science, so that would imply an ability to view things objectively and critically, with facts being important. Will that translate into much needed changes in process and attitude at Big Bend?

It's too soon to tell.

However, it appears a personal conversation involving differing viewpoints about parks easily could be done with this guy. That's something hard to do in that agency.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: iCe on August 16, 2018, 06:24:56 PM
7 minutes into the video and I like this guy already.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Casa Grande on August 18, 2018, 06:59:58 AM
Hum. Maybe an olive branch is in order....again.  Hopefully it won't get slapped out of my hand....again.

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Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: marufo on August 18, 2018, 08:12:23 AM
I like that he's wearing the uniform ball cap rather than the flat hat.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: mule ears on August 18, 2018, 08:31:13 AM
Hum. Maybe an olive branch is in order....again.  Hopefully it won't get slapped out of my hand....again.

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I think it is worth a try for sure.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: iCe on August 18, 2018, 08:39:28 AM
Hum. Maybe an olive branch is in order....again.  Hopefully it won't get slapped out of my hand....again.

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I think it is worth a try for sure.


Ditto!
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: presidio on August 18, 2018, 04:53:39 PM
Hum. Maybe an olive branch is in order....again.  Hopefully it won't get slapped out of my hand....again.

Worth a try.

It would be refreshing if the new guy was understanding of a comment I made here years ago about the NPS management mindset and actions seeming to hold "that we all are dolts that have to be rigidly managed for our own good and that our enjoyment is totally subject to what the NPS has deemed acceptable."

A lighter hand would not impair anything.



Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Casa Grande on August 28, 2018, 06:17:45 PM
I just want everyone here to know, after having some very good dialogue with the new Super, I am very excited to welcome him to the park. 

He seems to be a genuine stand-up guy and I look forward to getting to know him better when he begins his work.  I really like him and I think you all will too.

I don't anticipate him coming here to participate directly, but he has read this thread and found it "interesting."

Here's to the new Sup! 



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Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: presidio on August 28, 2018, 06:43:06 PM
I don't anticipate him coming here to participate directly, but he has read this thread and found it "interesting."

Encourage him to assign someone to have an official presence here to respond to issues & questions.

After all, it's just public outreach they are supposed to be doing and no different from answering individual emails to the park, or telephonic queries.

They'd reach a lot more folks with a lot less effort and perhaps eliminate the grief they bring on themselves with their stand-off attitude to date.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Casa Grande on August 28, 2018, 06:56:32 PM
I don't anticipate him coming here to participate directly, but he has read this thread and found it "interesting."

Encourage him to assign someone to have an official presence here to respond to issues & questions.

After all, it's just public outreach they are supposed to be doing and no different from answering individual emails to the park, or telephonic queries.

They'd reach a lot more folks with a lot less effort and perhaps eliminate the grief they bring on themselves with their stand-off attitude to date.
Agreed. Already done.  I'll keep at it too.

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Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: iCe on August 28, 2018, 10:05:14 PM
I just want everyone here to know, after having some very good dialogue with the new Super, I am very excited to welcome him to the park. 

He seems to be a genuine stand-up guy and I look forward to getting to know him better when he begins his work.  I really like him and I think you all will too.

I don't anticipate him coming here to participate directly, but he has read this thread and found it "interesting."

Here's to the new Sup!  (https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji482.png)



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This is outstanding.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: mule ears on August 29, 2018, 05:50:32 AM
Great news, keep up the good work and let's hope for some progress.

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Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Hookim on August 29, 2018, 08:10:50 PM
I don't anticipate him coming here to participate directly, but he has read this thread and found it "interesting."

Encourage him to assign someone to have an official presence here to respond to issues & questions.

After all, it's just public outreach they are supposed to be doing and no different from answering individual emails to the park, or telephonic queries.

They'd reach a lot more folks with a lot less effort and perhaps eliminate the grief they bring on themselves with their stand-off attitude to date.
I'm appreciative to see this topic. I try to always be polite and conversational with staff without taking too much of their time and while also leaving the park better than I found it. Yet I seem to consistently be met with a haughty attitude from most of the rangers. It gets old. Friends have had similar experiences. I'm hopeful from your posts about the new superintendent that will change with a trickle down effect. I'm just a girl standing in front of a mountain asking it to love her.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Casa Grande on August 29, 2018, 08:45:24 PM
Love that, Hookim.

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Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Hookim on August 29, 2018, 09:36:28 PM
Love that, Hookim.

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😉, CG!
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: presidio on August 29, 2018, 09:58:30 PM
I seem to consistently be met with a haughty attitude from most of the rangers. It gets old. Friends have had similar experiences.

You are far from alone in your experience.

The NPS treats tourists like dolts incapable of functioning on their own, who must be watched closely. Sadly, that does describes a huge percentage of folks going to parks (the usual clientele).

It is exacerbated by an attitude of superiority and cockiness, combined with a false (but real to them) proprietary sense of ownership.

Tourists are treated as if they are interlopers in the employees' paradise, and only to be tolerated as the price of their good fortune to work in such places.

While not everyone wearing a funny hat expresses such disdain, it occurs often enough to show that rather than being an occasional outlier of bad behavior, it is a systemic problem within the agency.

Read through the forums and you will find ample examples of such behavior.
Title: Re: New Superintendent Named
Post by: Hookim on August 29, 2018, 10:07:16 PM
I seem to consistently be met with a haughty attitude from most of the rangers. It gets old. Friends have had similar experiences.

You are far from alone in your experience.

The NPS treats tourists like dolts incapable of functioning on their own, who must be watched closely. Sadly, that does describes a huge percentage of folks going to parks (the usual clientele).

It is exacerbated by an attitude of superiority and cockiness, combined with a false (but real to them) proprietary sense of ownership.

Tourists are treated as if they are interlopers in the employees' paradise, and only to be tolerated as the price of their good fortune to work in such places.

While not everyone wearing a funny hat expresses such disdain, it occurs often enough to show that rather than being an occasional outlier of bad behavior, it is a systemic problem within the agency.

Read through the forums and you will find ample examples of such behavior.
Thanks for the solidarity, Presidio. I felt like I was teetering out on a limb by blatantly broaching it.  I concur with everything you mentioned. I try to stand in their shoes and understand that it probably becomes tiresome being on repeat day in and out. BUT, one, they signed up for that, and two, their lives cannot be that bad living and working in such an amazing place. They need to realize that they are impacting every single person that comes there, so far out of the way, on their hard-earned vacations and that they truly do stand out as part of the experience, heretofore not a shining part. They are the part of the wheel that's out-of-balance.