May 2014 – Our board of directors had the pleasure of meeting in May with the National Park Service’s Dr. Ray Sauvajot. Ray is the Deputy Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship Science (NRSS) and is also acting Associate Director, since the recent retirement of former Associate Director, Bert Frost.
Before coming to Washington, Ray was the Natural Resource Program Chief for the NPS Pacific West Region, including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, and the Pacific Islands and previous to that ecologist, senior science advisor, and Chief of Planning, Science and Resource Management at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. A PhD ecologist, Ray brings expertise in the effects of development encroachment and habitat fragmentation on wildlife. Combined with his interest in science communication and connecting science to on-the-ground decisions, Sauvajot brings important science and leadership skills to Washington.
The board looks forward to a partnership with programs under Ray’s direction, bringing a new source of funding for science projects in the national parks.