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Miami-Dade Mayor Named to National Park System Advisory Board

This week, U.S. Interior Sec. Deb Haaland named 15 new members, including Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, to the National Park System Advisory Board.

“First authorized in 1935, the Board advises the Secretary and the Director of the National Park Service (NPS) on matters relating to the Service’s work,” the Interior Department noted. In addition to its advisory role, the Board also has a regulatory role in recommending new National Natural Landmarks and National Historic Landmarks and provides recommendations regarding the national historic significance of proposed National Historic Trails. In recognition of the importance of hearing from Tribal voices and perspectives when making management decisions that impact public lands and waters, Secretary Haaland added a requirement that at least one member of the Board be from a federally recognized Tribe.”

“National parks are some of the most visible and important forums for visitors to explore the outdoors and learn the complicated yet vital story of America.” said Haaland. “These new National Park System Advisory Board members represent experienced practitioners in cultural and natural resources management, as well as experts in relevant academic fields including environmental law, geography, and history. I look forward to their insight as we work to make our public lands accessible and inviting to all.”

“The challenges faced by the National Park Service reflect the challenges faced by our nation,” said NPS Director Chuck Sams. “Whether it’s an increasing demand for dwindling resources, the impacts of a changing climate, or the struggle to understand how our past influences today’s injustices, recommendations developed by the National Park System Advisory Board will help us strengthen our connection to the land and to our history.”

The new appointees are:

Bowen Blair – Writer; J.D. in Environmental Law, Lewis and Clark College
Daniella Levine Cava – Mayor, Miami-Dade County, Florida; J.D., Columbia University
Theresa Coble – Professor, Experimental and Family Education, University of Missouri; Ph.D. in Forest Resources, University of Minnesota
Aja DeCoteau – Executive Director, Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission; Master of Environmental Management, Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; Member Yakama Nation
Shane Douglas – General Manager, AllTrails; Board Member, Outdoor Afro & Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Victor Galan – Ph.D. in Anthropology and Geoarcheology, Texas A&M University
Gwen Iacona – Director, Centre for Biodiversity Outcomes, Arizona State University; Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee
Robert Keiter – Director, Wallace Stegner Center for Land, Resources and the Environment, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
Thomas Kiernan – President and CEO, American Rivers; Former President, National Parks Conservation Association
Breece Robertson – Chief Impact Officer, One Tree Planted; M.A. Geography, Appalachian State University
Lindsay Robertson – Chickasaw Nation Endowed Chair in Native American Law Emeritus; University of Oklahoma College of Law
Lisa Sumption – Director, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Jessica Thompson – Professor, College of Business, University of Utah; Ph.D. in Environmental Communication and Conflict Resolution
Molly Ward – Board Member Fort Monroe Foundation & Chesapeake Conservancy; Former Secretary of Natural Resources, Commonwealth of Virginia; Former Mayor, City of Hampton, Virginia; JD, William and Mary Law School
Reid Wilson – Secretary, North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources


  • Originally from Jacksonville, Kevin Derby is a contributing writer for Florida Daily and covers politics across Florida.

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