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New Superintendent For Devils Tower Announced

National Parks Service

The National Park Service has named a new superintendent for Devils Tower National Monument.

Amnesty Kochanowski will begin her position starting on March 17. She was previously serving as interim superintendent of the monument since July 2018.

As superintendent of Devils Tower, Kochanowski will be working to ensure positive visitor experience while visiting the park. She said that includes working with staff and the local community.

Devils Tower has 26 affiliated tribes, and Kochanowski said she looks forward to building upon the relationships with those tribes.

Kochanowski said she will continue to work on a large park project that's almost ten years in the making.

"Devils Tower is embarking on a large accessibility improvement project, so accessibility for increasing access for people with disabilities, whether that's mobility, sensory or cognitive," she said.

There will be updates to the visitor center, exhibits, sidewalks, trails, parking and the approach to the trail.

"We plan to make that approach accessible. Right now, it's quite steep. The overall objective of this project is to make the monument accessible to all people."

Visitors should be able to recognize some changes to the park in about a year, Kochanowski said.

Kochanowski said overall she feels privileged to have this position.

"I do feel very grateful and humbled to be entrusted with the care of our first national monument. Devils Tower is so special," Kochanowski said.

Catherine Wheeler comes to Wyoming from Kansas City, Missouri. She has worked at public media stations in Missouri and on the Vox podcast "Today, Explained." Catherine graduated from Fort Lewis College with a BA in English. She recently received her master in journalism from the University of Missouri. Catherine enjoys cooking, looming, reading and the outdoors.
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