Date: March 10, 2014 Contact: , 760-367-5520 Contact: , 760-367-5680
JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK, Twentynine Palms, California –
Andrea Compton, Chief of Resources Management at Joshua Tree National Park since March, 2009, has been appointed the Acting Superintendent of the park following the retirement of Mark Butler on March 2, 2014. Compton previously worked at Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, beginning her career with the National Park Service there in 2002. She served there as Chief of Natural Resource Management. Prior to her work with the National Park Service, her career has included teaching at a community college, working with university research and education programs, and environmental consulting.
"I am honored to be serving as the Acting Superintendent for Joshua Tree National Park for the next four months. During this time of transition, park staff will continue good work they have been doing for the park, for the visitors, and for our local partners."
Compton and her husband, Bobby, live in the community of Joshua Tree where Bobby is a mathematics professor at Copper Mountain Community College. Together they have enjoyed getting to know not only the desert environment, but also the people of the communities in the Morongo Basin. She looks forward to this opportunity to continue to serve the people and the park.
Did You Know?
In the high desert country that was to become Joshua Tree National Park, rugged individuals tried their luck at cattle ranching, mining, and homesteading. William Keys and his family are particularly representative of the hard work and ingenuity it took to settle and prosper in the Mojave Desert. More...