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Steve Black To Head Little River Canyon And Russell Cave

Steve Black, NPS superintendent

Steve Black has been selected as the next superintendent of Little River Canyon National Preserve and Russell Cave National Monument in Alabama. Black has been the superintendent of Big Hole National Battlefield in Montana since 2009.  He will arrive at his new assignment in mid-April.

“We are very pleased to have Steve join our Southeast Region family,” said Regional Director Stan Austin. “He has a great sense of history and deep appreciation for our natural and cultural resources, making him a great fit to lead Little River Canyon and Russell Cave.  We know he will do a great job of working with park staff, partners and supporters as we approach the National Park Service Centennial.”


Black was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Virginia.  He obtained a bachelor of science degree in history from Kansas State University in 1987.


Black started his National Park Service career in 1989 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.  In 1998 he became chief of interpretation at Washita Battlefield National Historic Site in Oklahoma.  He became the chief ranger at Pea Ridge National Military Park in 2003.  He has also had the benefit of numerous detail assignments at national park units around the country.


"This is an exciting time to be in the National Park Service,” Black said.  “Next year we will observe its 100th birthday, and it is an honor to be picked to lead Little River Canyon National Preserve and Russell Cave National Monument through the Centennial celebration and into our next century."


Black is married to Rhonda Terry, a former NPS employee.  They care for two rescued Labrador retrievers.

[From NPS.gov 4/01/2015]

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