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Longtime Mt. Rainier Superintendent Moving On

Austin Jenkins
07/15/2011

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It's not every day you hear the superintendent of a national park get teary-eyed. But longtime Mt. Rainier chief Dave Uberuaga is feeling emotional Friday. It's the Boise native's last day on the job before leaving to become superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park.

was feeling emotional Friday. It was the Boise native's last day on the job before leaving to become superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park. Correspondent Austin Jenkins caught up with him by phone.]

Dave Uberuaga has spent 27 years at Mt. Rainier – the last nine of them as superintendent. His connection to the fifth-oldest national park in the U.S. runs deep.

On his last day in the office, he recalled ten attempts to summit the 14,000-foot volcano, five of them successful. He gets emotional as he tells the story of summiting in 2008 as part of his daughter's wedding festivities.

"And as I got onto the summit with my kids – never been up there with them – and that was incredible," Uberuaga says. "So that was definitely a recent highlight and I'll never forget it."

Uberuaga says he'll also never forget Mt. Rainier's epic floods of 2006. They destroyed roads, trails and campgrounds and clean up took months.

During Uberuaga's tenure the Park Service spent $100 million on infrastructure including a new visitors' center at Paradise and the renovation of the Inn at Paradise.

On the Web:

Mount Rainier National Park:

http://www.nps.gov/mora/index.htm

Copyright 2011 Northwest News Network

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