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National Park Service News Release

For Immediate Release:
June 25, 2003
Contact(s):   John Quinley, 907-644-3512

Kayci Cook Collins, 202-208-6381

Western Arctic Parklands Superintendent Selected

Julie Hopkins has been selected as the new superintendent of Western Arctic National Parklands, announced NPS Alaska Regional Director Rob Arnberger. The Parklands consist of Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, Cape Krusenstern National Monument, Kobuk Valley National Park and Noatak National Preserve. Hopkins previously served as assistant superintendent of the Parklands and worked out of the Kotzebue headquarters office from 1998 through 2001.

Hopkins is a 20-year veteran of federal resource management agencies including the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and 12 years with the National Park Service. She began her federal career in 1977 in Montana. As a Youth Conservation Corps Supervisor, she directed youths in resource protection projects and educational activities. She subsequently worked in various forestry and engineering positions prior to moving into administration and management. Hopkins’ Alaska experience includes positions at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Tongass National Forest, and the Glennallen District BLM. She is currently the Budget Officer for the NPS Alaska Region.

Hopkins has lived in Alaska since 1982. Most of that time was spent in the villages of Hoonah, Copper Center, and Kotzebue. She has been active in community and volunteer activities in Alaska villages involving school, youth, employment and social service programs. Hopkins holds a degree in Social Work and Cultural Anthropology with an emphasis on Alaska Native studies from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (1994).

"Julie brings to park management the experience necessary to foster effective community relations and develop long-term plans for cooperative management," said Arnberger. “She has extensive experience in working with communities and in partnership activities, both with the federal government and in the private sector. She has developed interagency and cooperative agreements for joint ventures between local, state, and federal government entities for environmental and interpretive projects and special hiring programs. And she has served as a liaison between the NPS and local communities, working together on a regular basis with community leaders and local people regarding public lands issues.”

Hopkins and her husband, Greg Gusse, will relocate from Anchorage to Kotzebue in August, and are looking forward to getting re-acquainted with partners and friends in the area. "I am truly excited about returning to Kotzebue and working with the local communities to manage and protect the park resources," said Hopkins. "I'm looking forward to my involvement in the new Heritage Center in Kotzebue and creating new educational and interpretive opportunities in partnership with the local people."

Western Arctic National Parklands encompasses 11.7 million acres of NPS lands in northwest Alaska, and contains four of the largest and most remote parks in North America. Resources include a continuum of evolving Arctic plant communities, 234 miles of Arctic coastline, habitat for Arctic wildlife and migratory birds, remnants of the Ice Age beneath ice and lava fields and a known archeological record spanning 10,000 years.

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